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V I! R K AM) i: Ml E F I L E I) RELIGION. 


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Number 1. 

For the Companion. 
The Old Year aud the Xew. 

Sixty-six is also numbers!. 

With the years beyond the flood, 
And in the great book of records 

Stand its acts, both bad and good ; 
Acta I mean o.f all the dwellers 

On this great terrestia] ball; 
In it* pages, all recorded, 

And by them we stand or fall. 

01 how swiftly it has glided, 

Like a dream, has pa-i&ed away; 
Borne us all upon his bosom, 

L:inded some in endless day. 
But, alas I how many wretches 

Have been sunk in endless wo, 
Since the last New Year was ushered 

Into birth, twelve months ago. 

On life's sea their barque was stranded ; 

Dashed against the rocks of 6in, 
Their immortal spirits landed 

Where no gleam of hope comes in. 
But we turn to greet the New Year, 

Bid him welcome as we should ; 
And when finished is his record, 

May our actions all be good. 

>rae eighleen-sixty-seven, 

Welcome to our mundane shore, 

May peace aud plenty ugum be given, 

And good deeds numbered over; 
Ushered in with joy, and gladness,' 
Uiing the humble poor relief; 

tbemjoy, instead of sadness, 
From th«ir breasts rcraorc all gritf. 

May they all be filled with comfort, 
And • be all forgot; 

one find in Christ the .Savior 
A true friend tint ebangeB not. 

II he called upon to die; 
ou take tl. 
Millions, cold in death shall lie. 

And we know not but the suun. 

i!l be .-t — 1 1 1 ■ / 

Let 'i 

tky ; 

■ lie, 

Ing ; 

And nli death ''nig- 


The leu of pride, the m 
like. Pride is the moth< raia 
ten humanity. [1 
heart, and tnanife in oounl 

brms. It has sunny and enticing 
aspect- as well as those that are dark 
and forbidding. It smiles on a Pel 
low-mortal for a word of commenda- 
tion, and frowns on the great God 
for the thwarted schemes and dark 
providences. To have the life moul- 
ded into the Divine Ideal is to be 
degraded in the eyes of the world. 
To be humble is to be derided. But 
it is the glory of Christianity that it 
elevates and digni iljects by 

a process which the world regards a 
derogation of true dignity. Were 
it possible to bring the Divine and 
human into vital and redemptive re- 
lation without involving the idea of 
meanness and degradation in the es- 
timation of the world, we would no 
more need an objective Savior to de- 
liver us from sin, than it required 
an objective tempter to drag us in- 
to sin. Man must be redeemed, if 
redeemed at all, by a method that 
hurls him completely from his self- 
centred pedestal. Christ will not 
share the honor of salvation with 
man. He did not descend to a low- 
er scale in Hit own <<■ ite»e«, 
but He came voluntarily into a dif- 
ferent order of being. He is the 
uncr*. >:, yet made himself of 
no reputation, but took upon him- 
self'ihe form and nature and limita- 
tions of the cre.atu.Ti u i hrist ham- 
bled Himself," and "if an\ 
have not the spirit of Christ", he is 
none of His." When any one thinks 
humble enough, he is j 

proud as the devil wants him to be. 
humility springs not from coin- 
■ a with our fellows, but 
nolj , infallible Law o 

our guilt, weak 

vilem itiou, 

i then judge aud 

of the 
Divim Hum: 

a child i.l God. I 

excluded. ich comes 

from a sense of imput r and 

dignity. Humilit) . to all 

ostentation and d 

itself in the s! I is much pain- 

ed when praised. It seta its 

sail to catch the breeze of human 
adultation. iieing it sees nothing 
in itself to admire, it never courts 
the admiration of other-. As 
as we make it an object to be th 
humble, nothing is more certain than 
that we are not bumble. True hu- 
mility is never more concerned than 
in keeping from the left hand a I 
edge of what the right hand is doing. 

iM'l it mourns 
the least thought of merit in itc 
loveliness or devotion to good. Like 
ca it covers itself with a veil, and 
is all the more beautified by being hid 
den. It looks mod. 

dows of the soul. survey ing the work of 
God through its agency, aod as soon 
as it sees others admiring, or hears 
their applause, it withdraws, and 
forgets it.-, own charms in the con- 
templation of the One altogether 
lovely. Many consider tl 
humble, and are auxiou- 
other? consider th ho decry 

pride in a ver 

. haughtily to and o\' I 
■ut of the way," and Q .\er up 
a general overbearing deportment 
by I "rough garment," or - 
er kind of "voluntary humilit. 
God forbid that 1 Bhould i\ 
\\ of rough raiim >tf, . 
whom the world 



shaft against the prou 

lj bui 







j hair 
anil (low, main- 

z (ho humbling dcctrin 

Another vcar has nui its course, of action, will depend our welfare in 
and ire are ab< i ? to step into the eternity. 

year eighteen hundred and sixty- Now fellow reader of the Compan- 

s retro- ion, let us as we take up our line of 

. is a B] view of the year we have march for 18G7, upon the great bat- 

'. The charm of just left behind us, it may aeem to tie of life, seriously reflect upon our 

humility lies nol in the simplicity lave been but a Bnorttime paat conduct and deportment, espe- 

nbich is its fruit, but the simplicit; • duration ; but that time allot- cially daring the past year. We 

i, honored and derived significance ted onto us gave ample opportunity are constantly undergoing changes. 

from the character whence it pro- for a< ishing numerous acts, Nature teaches thb all around 

nd of which it is in a sense either go 1. We have eith- 

plement. The nettle 1 in our good Masters 

M.-e, and thus the results of those 
labors, will tend to the glor 

md tlie promotion of our c ter- 
nal interests, or, if era the contrary, 

will tell to our 

Then dear reader, how 
improved our time during 

lasting shame and 

us. But a short time since we cn- 
joyed Summer with all it- sweets 
and pleasures. Fall has just closed 
and bleak and stern winter is upon 
itf, spreading with his cold icy 
hands, a white mantle over the en- 
tire lap of nature ; the effect 
which not unfrequently shake the 

have we 
the past 

■ lit'e-blood within our bounding 

is now wrapped in 

to man presents a 

hearts. She 

plain . but it rears its 

vauntingly, mid generally 

makes itself known by its titing, 

while the violet shrouds itself under 

aerald vesture^ and is chiefly 

found out by its/rojtraj ■ ■ If our 

turned towards Goth- 

.mo and Golgotha, we will find 

oar true rank in the condition, of year! Have our deeds been in ac- slumber, and 

Him who in His own body on the cordance with tin; spirit and tenor deathlike appearance ; but no sooner 

. bore the world's enormous load of the Gospel t Have wo contribu- than animating spring comes again, 

,m. [f'we see ourselves as being ted anything to the g06d of King at natures call every thing will rise 

naturally what Christ was tubttitu- Eknanuel's cause? In short, was to newness of life. Thus you see 

iionally on the Cross, instead of be- our religion so manifested in the that nature changes all around us. 

ua of vindictive feelings world as to be worthy of imitation? Man also changes after the course 

revile us, and say all If not, then we have come short in of nature. Let us review the history 

aner of evil againt us falsely," making a proper use of our time, oi tn§ past year and see what chan- 

will smite upon our breasts with it is a talent given unto us, from ges have taken place, even in our 

God himself, and we are in duty immediate vicinities, among our 

bound to him to make the best out neighbors and dear relations. The 

of it we possibly can, according to king of terrors has laid hid cold icy 

the advantages under which we la- hands of death upon many a fellow 

bor, and the abilities we possess. — , mortal. Yes many family cormec- 

God holds us responsible for the tions have been broken during the 

time put at our disposal, not only past year which were perhaps knit 

during the past year but during the together in the bonds of union and 

entire state of our probation. Time love ; thus causing many tears of 

once lost can never be recovered; sorrow to roll. Perhaps the hus- 

it is irretrievably lost ; yes sunk in- band has been separated from the 

to eternity, never to rise any mere, wife, the wife from the husband. — 
The past year also has dropped in- 1 Perhaps children from parents who 

to the ocean of vast and endless have been the fruits of their bodies, 

eternity, improved or unimproved, and the parents hope and support in 
As time is so fleeting and precious, j declining years. As far as our rec- 

more so than fine gold, we should ollections extend in regard to this 

on i' unt, take the better painful part of our past history, we 

earc of it. Although poor, sinful, are reminded of many of all classes 

avaricious man puts a 'nigh estima- and ages, that have laid their bodies 

tion on gold, it is after all only of low during the last year— prepared 

irtbly nature. It may al.-'o be or unprepared. Some in their iu- 

lost, but not so with fancy, others in the 
i. This make; it the more im- 
it, and therefore it becomes us 



. t ecause our hearts are 
much more corrupt than others have 
i ption of. Then it is, — in 
this utter self-renunciation — that we 
.■an "rejoice and be exceeding glad," 
for we are in a state of mind in 
which we can have a blessed realiza- 
tion that Christ is "made unto us 
m, and righteousness, and sane- 
tilication, and redemption." Pride 
dates with the Devil, and hu- 
mility with the Devil's conqueror. — • 
one is the incarnation of rebell- 
ed the other of allegiance.— 
I of the adherents 

i ., and the other of holiness. 
The one i ide of hell, and the 

betli the 


, Pa. 

.» Year's Daj • 


d lijihtni 

lo tal ' con- 


, . for *li" very reason that 
spend the 
iponl tags die now than old 

vigor of man- 

and a few of old age. Al- 
most i . , pj daj ' cxpci ie. 
that we must die. Il 
timos said, the old and the 

•:■,., spend the young may ; but moro young pooplo \^C 

Death is no re- _o 


V|y '"SaSH" 

christian family companion. 

g !M r* 

specter of persona, and will as bo 
enter the rich man's palace as the 
poor man's hut. No difference wheth- 
cr rich or poor, high or low, humble 
or proud, converted or unconverted, 
all must die and that at an v moment, j 
Then when wc come to ponder 
these things seriously within our , 
hearts, the question naturally arisen 
why is it that we are yet in the land | 
of the living, while others yes many j 
who are perhaps much better than 
we are, had to leave this house of 
clay, and who were a source of use- 
fulness all around, while we are yet 
the spared monuments of his amaz 
ing love? But God's ways are not 
our ways ; neither does he *-?e as 
man sees. 

"God moves in a mysterious way 
His wonders to perform." 

We then who have survived the 
last year owe a heavy debt of grati- 
tude and love to the great author of 
our being, inasmuch that it was the 
good pleasure of divine Providence 
to lengthen out our brittle thread of 
life, and lavish so profusely upon us 
all the comforts and blessings of lifo 
and as our lot has been < 
land of Bibles and freedom, whore 
every man and woman can worship 
and adore God with a free conscience 
unhindered and unmolested. With 
these blessings resting upon us, and 
the opportunities and privileges in 
hand, let us form new resolutions to 
live a life more devoted to our great 

ir'fl cause ; let us ej we enter 
the year eighteen hundred and -i\- 

ren, endeavor more fully, and 
with greater Mai, to press forward 
in the boBOet discharge of our duties 
to both God and man ; so that we 
may obtain the prize of our high call- 
ing in Jesus Chri.sL. However much 
wo may lament our many imperfec- 
tions ami short comings during the 
past, lot us not sit down in despair, 
upon the stool of "doiiothiug," but 
in its stead a^k pardon for B I 

fencea and hope for the bait La the 


The apostle Paid spoke 00 I cer- 
tain occasion about 4 ' Redeeming the 
time 1m cause the days arc evil." — 
If, then, we bave .me of the 

preoiooji tinu (luring 1 1 » « - past year, 

we might, according to the language 

of the apostle redeem some of it ; 
but no doubt only by Btrong efforts. 
and double diligence in the applica- 
tion of truth and holi.'i 

We can speak and write what 
transpired in the past, what U taking 
place in the present, but the gran i 
secrete of the future arc- bid from 
our eyes except what i- revealed un- 
to us on the prophetic page of divine 
inspiration. And for aught we know 
some of those unfulfilled prophecies 
may be fulfilled in 1867. By all 
indications we are living in the- lat- 
ter days, and it seem-; the Ohri 
dispensation is about winding up, 
when the Savior of mankind will 
again descend with bis mighty rete- 
nue of angels to judge the world in ' 
righteousness. '• Therefore be ye 
also ready, for the son of man oonv 
eth in such an hour as ye think not." 
But should the Savior still tarry 
longer, we .should neverthel; 
prepared. One thing we know will 
surely come to pass, namely, that 
"it is appointed unto man once to 
die and after that the judgment." 
No doubt the coming year will again 
see many of our acquaintance and 
relations being numbered with the 
pale nations of the dead. You, 
dear reader, and 1. may help to 
swell that number. 

In conclusion 1 would onh 
let us improve the time well and 
with renewed I and zeal pros- 

ecute our spiritual pilgrimage t>> the 
Canaan above, so that when Provi- 
tit to remove us from this 
stage of action, we may be in reali- 

bj au difii i to land on the other 

•Id and b -i or- 

dan upon the sunny final 

deliverance where parting shall be 

Uo ■ 

\\. Q. BCHROCK. 
Berlin, P«. 

Tin- Seiisrn. 

T.\ LL. 

Man in his normal condition, is 

endowed with live disti iade> 

at faculties or wbiofa 

govern him in this life and I 
him accountable in the world to 


I for the gov en 
of.the .'.nd the sustaining of 

ad apparently produce no per- 
tbe mind, but ai 
We can have n< 
>ns of I I sraell- 

baring a 
body a fonn, a color, or as oe 

ace. ^ j may become 
bituated to a certain i." i smell, 

that we can readily recogni 
when coming in contact with it, but 
without the ail of the other 

ild not bave the leant idea of 
it being a thing independent of oar- 
Prom thi 
these senses ' trietly I 

. and that when the body has 
red its design, they have ful- 
filled their fnnoti 

. and were it not, that the 
for it- support they might be di<- 
i we Still exist, natu- 
rally, intelloctuall; oally, 
hence we lm 

that there i- I fm . in which 

these Miisea will n 

om- i , The idea thai no ua 

by redemption will be broug 
bo bis primeval sphc re, 
has d D fully d to 

my mind. There i- aii inward coii- 
BClOUSneSe tells nie. that there i« a 

r aud more g! 
for the aainte 
po puli 

it- fruits. Before d _ the 

subject we will consider the bri 
turo of these senses their usee, and 

.it in 
their normal conditi fulfill 

their original pur] 

couni . lince man (the a 

our sen. cs are taken ( i 
mind, and b< 

I of tnonil 

equently the .hnui- 

mal in their ua 

thiol) ar. 

convenient. Was i'. n '. 

i be the re< 
drunk bis famiahin 

r and 
chewer and their . 

1 children n 



■— ■ rr 

- v »! 







• of clothing and 
I the famil; 
:• more yearly for to- 
la tl I wish 

• little, almost naked 

I, gilfl tripping around 

utl thi I frosty mornings, 

methii 1 answer, in tones 

y and christian humanity. 

and this within Bighl of 

and with parents 

moulding and developing our spir- 
itual natures t<> a higher and I 


A Cm \< v. - young la- 

die- do you wish to do good ? Then 
imitate the example or the young 
lady referred to in tin following an- 
ecdote of an excellent Christian 
man : 

A young lady once presented me 
with a ! It-mark, having the in- 

here it not for the gratifying Bcription, "G »u," and 

oftheir ahnormal the promise that it should 

I eal Beri id affec- 

- to blame? The 
The christian 

) u set the 

iply follow it, 

and justly too. Let us therefore be 

careful bow we gratify our senses, 

that others may follow our good ex- 

and thereby glorify our Fath- 

:, i art in hea 

1/ | "a. 

■. — 


How many mingled memories are 

hidden away" in every soul, memories 

id and ill, of joy and sorrow, that 

wait the wooing of the will to spring 

vivid and flowing life before US, 

rt unbidden into our presence 
in the quiet hours of loneliness and 

meditation. Howthesoul can 

I over the history of its 

he placed in my Bible, hut never to 
in a day opposite the same chap- 
ter. Faithful to my promise. I took 
it home, and rubbing from the lids 
of my Bible 'he du9t of the week, I 
1 it in the first chapter and 
changed it^ place. 1 had not read 
long before I became interested as 
I had never before been in this good 
book ; and I saw in its truths that I 
was a sinner, and must repent if I 
would he saved. I t 1 
to seek God's t the earliest 

opportun': That opportunity 

came, and I received the smili 
bis love ; and now I have hope with- 
in me >l big with immortality ;" and 
1 attribute all to that book-mark 
and the grace of God. 0, my despise not the day of small 

BiBLflf and Mmuvi.s Burnt To- 

up in a Is t. to be burned 

with the martyrs. As he was throw- 
ing them into the fire, each of the 
martyrs cried out. " O give me one 
of them '." Having secured the 

.re. they gtood, c:n li clamping 
his book close to hi- breast, reciting 
the 1 06th Psalm, and desiring all the 
people t.i Bay Ajnen. Tlr flames 
siezedupon them, and they were con- 
sumed, mingling their ashes with 
that of God sown hook. The his- 
torian adds: -The word of truth 
and the professors of the truth being 
counted worthy to perish together ,by 
those in despite of whom both shall 
cver'astingly endure 

The flames of the Bible on fire 
helped to hum the bodies ef the mar- 
tyrs. The fires of the martyrs and 
the fires of Divine truth have lighted 
up the world, and though the Man of 
Sin oppose himself to both, they will 
shine fore 

1 hask it self in the golden auram.-— The recent burnings of Bi- 
bles by the Papists has frequently 
given occasion for the remark that 
the spirit of Popery is the same now 

in the days of it- | 
It i- also in place to remark that the 
spirit which in to the burning 

sunshine i : '"' 1 listen 

to the melodies that make eternal 
id in the soul's inner temple ! 
the sweet intonations of i 
that thrilled us with a mystic joy 
0. come floating into our 

the word of God a the Bame Bpirit 

ike that of "The 1 at kindled the firea ofmartyrdom 

Loo, we bend over the 1 when the Roman priesthood had the 

dear faces that hallowed Btrengthto do whatin their weakness 

ub of nofl thej have only the will. 

our lives, with a quiet joy, mingle In the days of Bloody Mary two 

. with a tin_- were 

that all they repn '" " Ml to tllfl st;vk> " mltl - 

a'.lv gone save in it- I to behold the spec- 

.. au( j ;,,„, e pitying the rejoioin 

knoweth Ferers, and others gnaehing on them 

1,1,.,, life within as, did the enemies of Jesus on the 

Heth not with orost. As the Barnes were rising, a 

-,.[1 the potent man came running to the fire with B 


held in great number ..t New T< -tamen: 

| Below wc give the Repot t referred to in our 
Inst. Brother 1). M. Ilolsincer, a member of 
the commit i . >■ informed us that no 

made by the Commit- 
tee for | ! in the (.'• 
ion. This relieves the Clerk from any indi- 
vidual censure. — Editor.] 

Report ol Committee. 

Report of of brethren 

appointed by Yearly Meeting of 
ltftit), to confer with a body of Chris- 
tian people, knoicn as OieJ. A. Bow- 
man brethren, and if possible effect 
a union. 

Said Committee report that it met 
a similar Committee of J. A. Bow- 
man brethren in the Knob Creek 
church, on the 3rd day of Septem- 
ber, 18G6. And after organization, 
and preliminaries settled, one of 
their Committee, James D. Bowman, 
moved that a union be effected. — 
This was seconded, and unanimous- 
ly carried by their committee. — 
Whereup.'n it was concluded by the 
Brethren's committee to examine 
into the cause of a disunion being 
uno&g us. And after spending two 
lavs in patient and close examina- 
tion of many witnesses, have arriv- 
ed at the following conclusion : 

Upon a close examination of all 
the facts in the case now pending 
before us, we find the tcsiinjony 
somewhat coiillicting, and thai 
i conclude that there was soiu.> error, 




on both sides, and if the parties were 
all living we would remiire an ac- 
knowledgment of each. But as the 
case now is, we propose to meet you 
the brethren of the J. A. Bowman 
part on the principle of compromise, j nized as members 
and will receive you into fellowship j And the above named 
as brethren, upon the condition that ' brethren shall report the result of 
we acknowledge an error on the part ■ their visit to the church in council 

same. Informing them that if they | being done, we with them withdrew 
accept this conclusion, they will be into a private room, where nil the 
received with us as members in full members present came before us, 
fellowship and communion, but if and were individually asked wheth- 
any reject it, they will not be recog- er they accepted the conclusion. 


of our brethren in the proceedings 
in the case, provided that you ac 
knowledge that you on your part, 
erred in the course you have taken, 
in not appealing to the Yearly Meet- 
ing for assistance. And also for 
sustaining J. A, Bowman in organ- 
izing a neio order of worship. And 
when these acknowledgments are 
made, we will receive you into union 
and fellowship with us, you relin- 
quishing all your order ait variance 

Many of the answers were, " with 
all my heart." And, "with more 
than my whole heart," &c. &c. — 
And after counting the names of the 
meeting assembled in Knob Creek i members voting (which were written 
Meeting-house, on the 1st day of I down) eighty seven had voted yea, 
October, 18G6, where the following ; and none nay, so it was unanimous, 
named elders (or as many of them After thus being ratified by the 
a3 can meet) shall be a committee church, brother Joseph Wine and 
in our stead. Henry Garst, fore- Garret D. Bailey were regularly or- 
man. Henry Brubaker, David Der- , dained into the office of Elder by 

laying on hands, and received by 
the church with hand and kias. All 
of which was done under the shed- 
ding of more tear8 than I ever be- 
fore witnessed. 

rick, A. J. Correll, Joseph Wine, 
Garret D. Bailey, Simeon Isenber- 
ger, and Henry Masters, who shall 
declare all those of the J. A. Bow- 
man part, members in full fellowship 

with the order and practice of the , with us who have accepted the com- Knob Creek, Wash'n. Co.,TfiNN. ) 

Oct. 1st, 1866.' j 

Brethren : you complying with all 
the order of the church, giving and 
receiving counsel as taught by the 
Savior, and practised by the breth- 
ren — as decided by the brethren in 
Yearly Meetings, with this proviso : 
that the officers of your organiza- 
tion be installed into their respec- 

mittee's conclusion ; and the term 
J. A. Bowman brethren shall be us- 
ed no more. And shall declare all 
those who have refused to accept it 
no members of the church. And if 
any of those who may reject this 
conclusion wish to unite with the 
church after the above named coun- 


tive offices according to the order of cil meeting, they can only be reoeiv 

the church, as we are 

This report being read to the J. 
A. Bowman Brethren, on the morn- 
ing of the third day of the meeting, 
and after a protracted conference, 
and free interchange of viiws with 

them, the five following of the eigh£ j satisfactory acknowledgment, 
brethren accepted it, and signed this shall be final. Signed 

ed according to the order of the 
church, namely : those who have 
been baptized by any one in the J. 
A. Bowman order, shall be receiv- 
ed by baptism, and those who may 
have gone out from the church by 


their names to it in many tears on 
both aides. Joseph Wine, and Gar 
ret D. Haily. (Elders ordained by 
.J. A. B.) Win. Gibson and John) 
II. Bowman, (Elders) and John 
H >wman,(privatc.) And whereas the 
members of the J. A. B. part were not 
present it was unanimouslyconcluded, 
that Joseph Wine and 1'. It. Wrights- 
niaii In- 1 committee of brethren to j 
visit all the .1. A. B. members on | 
the North of both the Rivers. And 
Michael M. Bashor and Win. Gi It- 
son be i oonunittee to visit the J. 

\ I!, members on the South of said 
rivers, for the purpOM of informing 
th'Mii of the couclusi >n of the Breth- 
r<-n\ committee, reading and care- 
fully explaining the same to them, 
and ascertain their minds on the 

J Ohio 


H. D. Daw, 
JOMTfl Hendricks. 

1>. If, HuI.SINdKR, }• 

D. P. Savler, )■ M\ 

Christian Long, 

John Metzijer, 

Solomon Garukr, 

Daniki, Timmas, 

II. 1). Daw, Moderator. 
D. P. Savler, Clerk. 

After these conclusions were read 
to the church in council meeting as- 
sembled in the Knob Creek meeting- 
house, on the 4th day of our meet- 
ing, when we the brethren commit- 
tee stood in file, and the five above 
named brethren of the J. A. Bow- 
man committeo who had accepted 
it, gave M the right hand of fellow- 
ship and the kiss of charity. This 

Report of the undersigned 
mittee, appointed by the committee 
of the Yearly Meeting to confer 
with a committee of the J. A. Bow- 
man brethren, and if possible effect 
a union with them, &c. 

We met the church assembled in 
Knob Creek meeting-house accord- 
ing to appointment of the committee. 
And after devotional exercises,we re- 
ceived the reports of the visiting com- 
mittees appointed to visit the members 
of theJ.A.B. church outside of the com 
mittee, and the following is the result. 
One hundred and thirteen members 
visited, seventy of whom accepted 
the committee's conclusion, and for- 
ty four refused to accept it. We 
then declared those severity members 
in full fellowship and communion 
with us, and the forty-three no mem- 
bers of the church. Signed by the 
Committee, Hknrv QaBST, A. J. 
OOBUU, IIknky BbUBAKBB, Sime- 

Joans Wink. 

James D. Bowman, one of th. 
riginal committee of conference aid 
not accept the conclusions 
W the committee at ti 
but has since accepted it, and his 
name should be classed with the live 
whose names are signed bo the com- 
mitteo's report Published by order ( 

ol the Committee. 

i» T. SAVLKK. | 



kimn IcdM 



< <>uii««l»d \ti(li 

'IKK 1. 


. from lli> I4i l'i» 

From the above text the author 
of this article has been induced to 
apply himself to the stud; of the 
Stupendous works of Q ■•xhih- 

ited to aa in the I 'inverse; and es- 
pecially to that part belonging to 
the Sidereal Heavens, which, if 
viewed from a religious stand-point, 
will overwhelm our powers with as- 
tonishment and awe. I'nder such 
an emotion, we could only exclaim : 

<irr thy 
<;>>■! Almighty?* 1 
am well aware of the aversions and 
prejudices existing in the minds of 
many humble and well-disposed 
Christian professors against a 6tudy 
of this kind, especially when con- 
nected with science, which enables 
man to obtain a more definite com- 
prehension of the stupendous works 
Man is very apt to discard 

oi that ineffable rienig, whose un- 
jlory cannot be directly 
contemplated,— and if they ar< 

d to produce a sulilimo and 
awful impression on all created in- 
telligences, Bhall we rest contented 
with a less glorious idea of God 
than hi-* works are calculated to af- 
ford ? Shall we disregard tin- 
works of the Lord and condemn the 
operations of his hands, and that in 
the face of all the invitations on 
this Bubjeet addressed to us from 
heaven f For thus saith Ji-:hovah : 
"Lift up your eyes on high, and 

Goo h bbat formed the earth, 

and made it : ho hath established it ; 
he created it net in wrin ; he formed 
it to lie inhabited. I am the i 

and there is none el-e." " 1 have 
mao!e the earth, and created man 
upon it. My hands have stretched 
out the heaven's, and all their host 
have 1 commanded. Hearken unto 
me, I-rael: I am the first, I 
also am the last. My hands have 
laid the foundation of the earth, 
and my right hand has spanned out 
the heavens, when I call unto them 
they stand up together." " Who 

''. we lift our 

number? I, the Lord, who maketh 
all things, who stregtheth forth the 
heavens alone, and spread the earth 
abroad 5y myself; all their hbBt 
have I commanded." 
command of 

to the "firmament of his power 
surely we ought not to do it with a 
"brute unconscious gaze," not with 
the vacant stare of a savage ; not as 
if it were still enveloped with the 
mist and prejudices of dark ages ; 
but as if surrounded bv the blaze of 

of God. .Man i. very apt to aiscara light wh j ch modern science has 

all modern sciences and inventions thrown upon the survey of the sky 

as being promotive for the improve- in order that W(J contemplate, 

mont of the moral government of wkh fixC(1 attC nt;on, all that 

this world. This is owing, chiefly, 
on account of the abuse of such 
studies and misapplication of sci- 
ences. Consequently, the author 
can well hear with such, and does 
not in the least undervalue those 
who differ with him in reference to 
the necessity of those studies, in 
order to obtain a more perfect and 
a more comprehensive view of the 
omnipotence and wisdom of God. — 
shall the abuse of a study set 
the Btudy itself which is so 
intimately connected with religion 2 
If religion consists in the intellectual /( „/ < ;,„,„.„■, ,/ lln ,/ 
apprehension of the perfections of wou jj gu our bearta 

I, and in the moral effects pro- 
i by such a pi ion — if all 

the rays of glory emitted by the lu- 
minal W many re- 
flections of the grandeur of Him 
who dwells in light unapproachable 
— if they ha :cncy to 
- the mind in forming its conceptions 

/£> »RcTtiod Vent on. 

behold who has created these things ; hath measured the waters in the 
who bringcth forth their hosts by hollow of his hand, and meted out 

heaven with a span, and weighed 
the mountains in scales? He who 
sitteth upon the circle of the earth, 
and the inhabitants thereof are as 
And if by the grass-hoppers ; that stretcheth out 
eyes the heavens as a curtain, that faint- 
eth not, neither is weary." The 
Lord made the heavens, the heaven 
of heavens, with all their hosts, 
honor and majesty are before him, 
and his Kingdom rulcth over all." 
Such sublime descriptions of Jeho- 
vah and references to his material 
works are reiterated in every por- 
tion of the sacred volumes : and the 
import and sublimity of such ex- 
pressions cannot be fully appreciated, 
unless we take into view all the 
magnificent objects which science 
has unvailed, in the distant regions 
of the creation. 

This subject is calculated not 
merely to overpower the intellect 
with an idea of sublimity and gran- 
deur, but also to produce deep mor- 
al impressions upon the heart, and 
a Christian philosopher would in- 
deed be deficient in his duty were 
he to overlook this tendency of the 
objects of his contemplation. One 

lightened reason, aided by the best 
observations, has ascertained re- 
specting the magnificence of the ce- 
lestial orbs. 

If viewed in this manner, the 
mind is perplexed and overwhelmed 
with its conceptions, when it labors, 
as it were, to form some well defined 
conceptions of an infinite /!, ing. — 
If the mind could penetrate in its 
excursions into those distant regions 
which eye has not seen, and to con- 
nect the whore of its mental survey 


with the energies of the King Eter : 
invisible, it 
with wonder 

and admiration. To such a train of 

thoughts we are uniformly directed 

in the Sawed Oraclti, where Jriio. 

vah is represented as describing 
I by the effects which his 

power and wisdom have produced. 
■I shall be saved with an ever- 
» salvation. For thus Baith 

J BHOV \n that created the heavens ; 

important moral effect which this 
subject has a tendency to produce 
is, profound humility. What an in- 
significant being does man appear, 
when he compares himself with the 
magnificence of creation, and with 
the millions of exalted intelligences 
with which it is peopled ! What 
are all the honors and splendors of 
irthly ball, of which mortals 
are so proud, when placed in com- 
petition with the resplendent glories, 





of the skies ! Such a display as 
the Almighty has given of himself, 
in the magnitude and variety of his 
works, was evidently intended " to 
stain the pride" of all human gran- 
deur that " no flesh should glory in 
his presence." Yet there id no dis- 
position that appears so prominent 
among puny mortals as pride, ambi- 
tion, and vain glory — the very op- 
posite of humility, and of all those 
tempers which become those " who 
dwell in tabernacles of clay, and 
whose foundation is in the dust." — 
Even without taking into account 
the state of man as a depraved intel- 
ligence, what is there in his situa- 
tion that should inspire him with 
"lofty looks," and induce him to I 
look upon his fellow men with super- 
cilious contempt ? He derived his 
origin from the dust ; he is allied to 
the beasts that perish ; and he is fast 
hastening to the grave, where his 
carcass will become the food of noi- 
some reptiles. He is every moment 
dependent on a /Superior Being for 
every pulse that beats, and every 
breath he draws, and for all that he 
possesses ; he is dependent even on 
the meanest of his species for his 
accommodations and comforts. He 
holds every enjoyment on the most 
precarious tenure. His friends may 
be snatched in a moment from his 
embrace ; his riches may take to 
themselves wings and fly away ; and 
his health and his beauty may be 
blasted in an hour, by a breath of 
wind. Hunger and thirst, cold and 
heat, poverty and disgrace, sorrow 
and disappointment, pain and dis- 
ease, mingle themselves with all 
his pursuits and enjoyments. His 
knowledge is circumscribed within 
tin- narrowest limits; his errors and 
lollies ure glaring and innumerable ; 
and he ntunds as an almost undis- 
tinguishable atom amidst the im- 
mensity of God's works. Still, with 
all these powerful inducements to 
the exercise of humility, man dares 
to be proud and arrogant : 

"Man, proud man, 

Dre»eeU la a little brief authority, 

Play inch fantattic tricks before high hcavcu. 

At makes the angela waap." 

How ifeetisg to contemplate the 

warrior, flushed with diabolical 

pride, pursuing his conquests 
through heaps of slain, in order to 
obtain possession of a "poor pitiable 
speck of perishing earth," exclaim- 
ing in his rage," "I will pursue, I 
will overtake, 1 will divide the spoil, 
my lust shall be satisfied upon them, 
I will draw the sword, my hand 
shall destroy them" — to behold the 
man of rank glorying in his wealth, 
and his empty titles, and looking 
around upon the inferior orders of 
his fellow mortals as the worms of 
the dust — to behold the man of am- 
bition pushing his way through bri- 
bary, and treachery, and slaughter, 
to gain possession of a throne, that 
he may look down with proud pre- 
eminence upon his fellows — to be- 
hold the haughty airs of the noble 
dame iflated with the icTea of her 
beauty, and her high birth, as she 
struts along surveying the ignoble 
crowd, as if they were the dust be- 
neath her feet — to behold the smat- 
terer in learning, puffed up with a 
vain conceit, of his superficial ac- 
quirements, when he has scarcely 
entered the porch of knowledge — 
in fine, to behold all ranks, from the 
highest to the lowest, big with an 
idea of their own importance, and 
fired with pride and revenge at the 
Least provocation, whether imagin- 
ary or real. 

How inconsistent the manifesta- 
tions of such tempers, with the many 
humiliating oircumstanees of our 
present condition, and with the low 
rank which we hold in the scale of 
univertal J!<iny. 

Again this Bubject la also oaJcula- 
led to inspire us with reverence and 
c<n>r<itinn of God, profound venera- 
tion of the l>i,ni, Being lies at the 
foundation of all religions worship 
and obedience. Hut, in order to 
reverence God aright, \u> must 
know him, and in order u> acquire 
the true knowledge of llim, we 
must contemplate through the medi- 
um oi those works and due] 
tions, by which In the g!or« 

ise of his nature to the inhabitants 
of our world. 

The author has onlv bin! 



verse which He3 open to our inspec- 
tion ; and there is surely no mind 
in which the least spark of piety 
exists, but must feel strong emotions 
of reverence and awe, at the thought 
of that Almighty and incomprehen- 
sible Being, who impells the huge 
masses of the planetary globes with 
so amazing a rapidity through the 
sky, and who diversified the voids 
of space with so vast an assemblage 
of magnificent worlds. Even those 
manifestations of deity which are 
confined to the globe we inhabit, 
when attentively considered are cal- 
culated to rouse even the unthink 
ing mind, to astonithment and awe. 
To be Continued. 

My I'lrM Prayer. 

Nineteen years old', but never 
prayed ! I had said prayers, but I 
had never prayed. My 'heart had 
closed its door, and though at times 
there were some signs of life with- 
out, all was silent and dead within. 

But a good messenger came, and 
I promised to pray. It was night. 
God was there, and heard and bore 
witness. I was to pray that I i I 
would make me a Christian. How 
solemn, and ! how sweet the mem- 
ory now ! 

The hour of prayer came. How 
well I remember my feelings and 
regrets. I was sad that I had made 
>uch a promise. Satan suggested 
that I had done unwisely, and that 
■ had promise wss better broken 
than kspi But it wss made to 
God ; 1 could not break it ; bo, 1 
most pray. 1 bos I upon my 
knits. 1 though! the liowl 

near me, msJ I of toy 

tions, and 1 ure] • II.- 
that 1 wss ■ h\ j.. m: it.-, and t. 
did not wish to be i Christian. 1 
could only t*y . ■• tt »,,,,| ' J,.,..,, 
mercy on ui . and 
heart !" VYsokfl 
felt pesos in belicriug. But it 
I : yes, il came at last! 1: 
er, have you prayed y< 
lovet the Bust prayer of repenting 
rinnei >; 

I ?lnn of • g I man i< il. 

i*on« have 


few specimens of ti. u timonj o1 

operations of God's power, in that that and thou wilt have in war. 

portion of the system of the [7ni. in the mid V 





Tyrone City, Pa., Jan. 1, 1867. 

Introriiirtlou to" Volume Third." 

W<- ciitor ovir Third Volume with 
the conciousness of increased respon- 
sibilities ; believing that our obliga- 
tions to our Maker increase with 
the extension of our sphere of in- 
fluence. We feel this, we think, 
von- forcibly. Nevertheless, be- 
lieving that the Lord has brought 
in thus far, and trusting him for 
help in the future, we re-dedicate 
ourself to his service, and enter 
with confidence our third year of 

We have thus far been successful be- 
yond our own expectations, and ex- 
ceeding the besthope3of our friends. 
Slowly but surely our list of patrons 
has been increasing, and our circle 
of friends has. been enlarged. 

During the past year we have 
materially increased our facilities 
for publishing our paper. We ex- 
changed our old type for an entire 
new set. Instead of the "hand 
press," on which 200 copies an hour 
is good work, we have in good work- 
ing order a machine by which we 
can press three times that number 
in the same time, and by the appli- 
cation of more permanent power, 
may be made to da still more. Wfl 
:>:-<• DOW al.<mt experimenting with 
"horse power," which, if successful 
will be a valuable addition. 

In the arrangement of our read- 
ing matter we expect to make some 
improvements also, which we are 
assured will be appreciated by our 

a promise and could not honorably 
decline. Arrived at 7 P. ML, and 

took lodging at the Howard House, 
corner 21st and Chestnut. Next 
day visited the Deaf and Dumb In- 
stitute, with which our silent com- 
panions were highly pleased. It 
being Christmas day the inmates 
were in the best of humor, and 
treated us, as they always do, in 
the most courteous manner. There 
arc 90 boys in the Institute, and we 
suppose nearly that number of girls. 
May God bless the efforts of those 
wlii. arc engaged in the noble work 

more of this number than arc re- 
quired to fill our list, in order that 
they may be accommodated. We 
shall continue with the same edition 
for several issues, after which we 
will reduce to the number required. 
Hurry up your orders, therefore, if 
you wish to secure the full volume. 

of instructing this unfortunate class 

A ViNit to IMillutlelpulu. 

O.i M hi lay morning, Dec. 24th, 

ik the train for the city of 

''Brotherly Love," in company with 

.John an 1 Bednigo Beck, two deaf 

mute friends, to whom we had made 

of our fellow beings. 

In the evening we attended 
preaching in the Brethren's meeting- 
house. Brother S. Z. Sharp spoke 
from James 1 : 20, 27. We spent 
the remainder of the night at the 
house of Elder Jacob Spanogle, 
where we were hospitably enter- 

Wednesday was spent in seeing 
the sights and entertaining our trav- 
eling companions, for whose special 
gratification this trip was made, and 
in the evening we again attended 
meeting. Upon the earnest solici- 
tations of the brethren we made an 
effort to speak a word of encourage- 
ment to the Church at Philadelphia. 
Brethren Jacob Miller, Daniel 
Snowberger, and S. A. Moore, of 
Morrisons Cove, were also at the 
meeting. We will say that we were 
kindly received by, and much pleas- 
ed with the brethren at Philadel- 
phia. Wc took the 11 P. M. train, 
and uext morning at 8 arrived safe- 
ly at Tyrone, and found 78 letters 
awaiting our perusal. 

Back Numbers.— Expecting 

that many of our old subscribers, 
who have not been heard from, will 

Our FirNt Xnmber. 

Without wishing to apologize we 
must say that our first No. of Vol. 
third is not what we desired, and 
had expected it should be. Our 
visit to Philadelphia, and the con- 
tinued flood of letters which wc have 
received during the last two weeks, 
nearly all of which contained sub- 
scriptions, and required more or 
less attention, has kept us so con- 
stantly engaged that we couhl not 
properly attend to the duty of com- 
piling matter for our paper. Every 
night for two weeks we have been 
engaged until midnight, and often 
later, and still our paper comes out 
more than a day later than our usu- 
al time. Our workmen, too, have 
labored faithfully, while others were 
enjoying the holidays. Then our 
"Moneys received" have taken up 
too much space, many of which are 
still crowded out, but we hope the 
double sheet will make up for that 
space. It is quite (an) interesting 
matter to us. 

A large number of local items, 
church news, correspondence, kc, 
which requires transcribing, and 
many of them special attention and 
notices, and replies, have been 
crowded out. While sending in 
their subscriptions many of our pat 
rons have " improved the opportuni- 
ty" of sending us a word of encour- 
agement, information, &c., which 
we hope to find room for in our 
next, which our readers may ex 

vet renew their subscriptions, we pect to be of more than ordinary in 
have printed several hundred copies j terest. 

" — -V^ 

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We purpose, God aidnig, to com- 
mence a series of meetings in the 
a Creek church, Huntingdon 
Co., Pa., on the 11th of January, 
. to which an invitation is giv- 
en to those of our ministering breth- 
ren who would desire to be with us on 
the occasion. Stop oft' at Markleys- 
burg, on the Broadtop K. R., within 
a mile of the meeting-house. 

McConnelttown, Pa, 


In No. 4", Vol. 2, of the Com- 
panion, the query concerning the 
length of the first three days of the 
creation, should be read as follows : 
uce the length of a day at pres- 
ent is indicated by the apparent 
revolution of the sun around the 
earth, «kc." The word apparent 
must have been left out in transcri- 
bing. This mode of expression was 
adopted to be in harmony with the 
popular saying, "The sun rises,'' or 
"The sun sets,"' though as incorrect 
as the above expression without the 
word apparent. 

As we desire to be accommoda- 
ting we hope brother Beaver will 
fed equally so, and now answer 
the query. 


Brother Holsinger ; — We had a 
Communion Meeting here in No- 
vember. We had a very pleasant 
ting. .en added to the 

Church by baptism, and many DO 

oom inced of the truth 

in Jesus. The brethren 

from a distance, that wire with as, 

• John K ai ely, Robert Miller, 

and David Fisher, all from Indiana, 

and the; iford with bold- 

: an 1 tii'' brethren were made 

t I rejoi OUls added 

t . tn" < Ihuroh of the living < rod, 

which i-; the pound and pillar of 



I: ■in ./. . . ///. 


Brother Holtinger ; M-. elf and 
wife h-ft home on the 26th of An 
: t, for the Western I We 

arrived at Waterloo, Iowa, on the 
afternoon of the 31st. Sunday, 
Sept. 2nd, met with the brethren in 
worship in the town of Waterloo. — 
In this branch, (Bla;k Hawk) we 
met with many with whom we had a 
former acquaintance, having moved 
from our branch (Elklick) into the 
above named ; we may, we think, 
say, partly built up of brethren who 
moved from this and the Middle- 
Creek branch. With the brethren 
here and in Marshall, Butler, and 
Floyd Counties, we remained over 
the State Council Meeting, which 
came off on the 26th and 27th of 
Sept. At this Council we formed 
acquaintance with many of our dear 
brethren and sisters, whom we only 
knew by reputation, and not person- 
ally. We do hope that the acquain- 
tance we formed may not soon be 
buried in the past, but may the same 
be remembered through all the tri- 
als of this mortal life. The breth- 
ren had quite a turn out, and dispos- 
ed of a considerable amount of busi- 
ness. I heartily concur with the 
decision made on the occasion. I 
think they were in unison with the 
Spirit, and consequently they may 
look for the blessings of God to ac- 
company their labors, which were, 
we think, for the good of Zion 

We left here on the 
the 28th of Sept. for Carroll Co , 
111., where we arrived on the morn- 
ing of the 29th. On the 30th we 
met with the brethren in the Dutch 
Town School-house, for public wor- 
ship ; here we met with four 1] 
en with whom we had a firmer ac- 

quaintanoe, one having moved from 
our branch, and the other threi 

the Middle Creek branch. There 

[Uite a unity of senti- 

. love and harmony existing 

among the brethren ther>*. We hope 

our labors among them may not be 

fruitless. We left here on the 8th of 

for Lee »'"., 111. ; arriv. 
Franklin Grove in the afternoon of 

same day : remained with the breth- 
ren and friends here until the I 
Met quite a flourishing church; had 

; some add.' 
&c. This branch is well supplied 
with mi:. 

ing of 

Oil the 

of the 15th we 

ing of 

started for Ashland Co., Ohio ; ar- 
rived there on the evening of the 
l«Jth ; remained with the brethren 
here 2 weeks ; had quite a number 
of meetings which were all well at- 
tended. It seemed as though there 
was quite a stir among the uncon- 
1 here ; we attended a Council 
meeting in which church business 
was transacted. The brethren here 
do their business in the same man- 
ner as we do at home ; seeing this 
caused me to think, that the same 
law obeyed, even by many subjects 
notwithstanding their different loca- 
tions, will cause them to bring forth 
the same manner of fruit, which are 
"Love, Joy, and Peace, &c 

Wc left here on the 
the 29th, for Wayne Co., Ohio ; here 
we did considerable of visiting ; had 
2 meetings ; met with many of our 
friends and relatives. Remained in 
this county until the 10th of Nov., 
on which day we started for the 
Shanesville branch, partly composed 
of Homes, Tuscarawas, and Coshoc- 
ton counties, Ohio. Here we re- 
mained over two weeks ; filled 13 
appointments for worship, and fu- 
neral. The people here seemed anx- 
ious to hear the word preached. — ■ 
We left this branch on the 28th ; 
arrived at Johnstown station, Cam- 
bria Co., Pa., on the evening of the 
29th. Remained with the Johns- 
town brethren over Sunday ; ha 1 
several good and refreshing meet- 
ings ; had one meeting in the Que- 
mahoning brand. . ! 
Pa., on the evening o\' the 4th of 

idicr. On the morning of the 

5th, my brother (Win. 0. Lint) 
my fathers, al Meyers 
Arrived home on the 
and found the family well, at. I 

saf by the help of the Lord we were 

all the time well, for which we try 
to be thankful. Found all the broth- 

■ er we 
were in the I the 

brethi 1 health . 

OWW church. 

1 would .-ay to n at 

. die, my af 

from me. 1 l 


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/'. i ■ /»'/- >ther I \- 1 

■n^anint, N i. hi that 
leeirc more church Dews, and 
nfoimity to your request, I will 

Through the providence of God 
wo have opened up a new field "f 
labor Borne fifty miles Went of us, 
at Massadonia, in Granger County, 
five milc3 North of Morristown. — 
Brother Isaac Billhimer, A. Beck- 
ner, ami the writer, commenced 
meeting on Sabbath, December 2nd, 
at a place where the brethren < un- 
til just a lVw weeks before ) had nev- 
er heen seen. We lahored two or 
three da\ s, when we found that the 
Lord was carrying on a great work. 
We then sent word for some sisters 
to come, and set an example for 
those young converts, they never 
having seen a sister of the Church. 
When they came in alj eyes were 
upon them, as they were upon us at 
the beginning. Then by the preach- 
ing of the word, and the example of 
the members present, God's spirit 
I h Hi)'- the instructions they 
heard, indeed such a feeling, in one 
congregation, I never before witness- 
ed. Though we were sick part of 
the time, the meeting still went on, 
day and night, for one week. The 
good Lord raised us up soon, and 
thanks be to his name for it, and 
we were made to rejoice in conse- 
quence of the general outpouring of 
the holy spirit, and hefore we left 
Q were made willing in the day 
of God's power, and were baptized 
in llolson river, and 'many more se- 
riously impressed, and promised us 
when we would come back (on the 
8rd Saturday of Jan. t thai they 
would obey the Lord Jesus, most of 
whom are worthy members of the 
Baptist Church, declaring to us that 
they never heard the pure gospel 
hed hefore. 
During the progress of the meet- 
ing, we were interogated : why wc 
did not set out a mourner's bench." 
We told them there was no Scrip- 
ture for such things ; that these 
were the traditions of men, and that 
the commission only authorized us 
to preaeh the word, and those who 
would believe to Baptize them. — 
good people had pro- 



fessed religion 

but would pot join any church, be 

several years ago, 

ils. The harvest is great, but 
the laborers are few. Our prayer 
cause they had not found a denom- i is that the Lord might send some 
ination. as they believed, that obey- I laborers in this part of his vineyard, 
ed the word in all points, until the j There is a great field open for "labor 
Lord sent the brethren there, for in this far Western country, and the 
which they expressed much thank- ! people greatly desire the' brethren 
fulness. Indications bid fair at this to move in here and plead the ■ 
place, for a large church to be form- cause for them. We have often 
ed shortly, and mostly out of Bap- wondered why the Brethren don't 
tisi material. Kinder people we ' take more heed to the beautiful 
never met with. May the good Lord : phrase : " Go ye therefore into all 
overrule, and incline the hearts of the world and preach the Gospel to 
all thee enquirers after truth, to every creature," and likely thereby 
comeinatthe door, and be saved be the means to convert many to 

Christ. Oh the love that Christ 
had for the children of men, and 
died for the ungodly, and now in a 
great many places are left as sheep 
having no shepherd. Who is it that 
will sacrifice home and friends, and 
come to the far Western State of 
Kansas and blow the Gospel trum- 
pet to a sinful people. May the 
brethren contemplate, and say as 
did the apostle Paul, when he said 
he must go and preach the Gospel 
to the heathens, and so travel fear- 
less of the people doing him any 
harm. Our prayer is, that the 
Brethren may remember us, while 
in the far West. 

Marion Centre, Kansas 

be saved 
upon the terms of the Gospel is our 

Ionia ; poor in walls, loit rich in faith 
Thou bast found the river of God ; 
On thy. way persae, 'till thou get lay crown, 
Dseds of virtue Btroe ; never mind Satan's 

I5e thou faithful until death, 
And 1 will give thee perfect health. 
"In inv own house I'll give thee room. 
Be on thy watch for 1 may call thee soon." 


Freedom, Tern. 

Brother Ilolsinger ; I find through 
the columns of the Companion, very 
interesting news ; news which makes 
the angels rejoice when sinners turn 
to God. 

We, in our branch of the church, 
had a Lovefeast on the 27th and 
28th of October, near Emporio. — 
We were much encouraged by the 
brethren ; had one application for 
baptism, a daughter of brother J.- 
Hershy, only 14 years of age. Oh 
how many might turn to God in 
their youthful days, and be engraft 

Brother HoUinger: — I have been 
made to rejoice of late, at the warm 
interest manifested by many of the 
"Brethren," in regard to the Mis- 

sionary Cause. I was not initiated 

into the Churoh 24 hours, before I 

commenced to feci for the hundreds 

ed into that vine which is Christ the j of thousands of precious souls who 

Lord. Angels will rejoice when 
sinners turn to God ; brethren and 
si.-ters do rejoice to see the borders 
of Zion enlarged, and the enemy's 
kingdom deminished. Brother Buck 
came to pay us a visit Nov. 15th. — 
He held three meetings for us, the 
first time the Brethren ever had 
meeting in this part of Kansas. A 
great many came to see and hear 
the brethren preach the Gospel in 
its primitive purity, and we were 
much rejoiced to find some one wil- 

were, and are resting in carnal se 
curity within the pails of prof essed 
orthodox churches — being blindly 
led by the blind. I asked one of the 
old brethren why the ministering 
brethren were not sent into our towns 
and cities to sound the Gospel trum- 
pet, and unteach their inhabitants, 
and "lead them into the way of all 
truth." I was told that "we had 
enough to do at home." From that 
period to the present I have ever 
felt that the church was not fulfill- 


ling to come and encourage us on ing her duty towards the great mass 
our way to Zion. It surely was a of mankind. W T hen I take my seat 
feast of joy to our hungry and thirs- in our meeting houses, and see from 






four to six ministeiing brethren be- 
hind the table, and know that there 
are thousands who from the distance 
they reside, or the smallness of the 
house, cannot be accommodated with 
seats ; I feel that the church is not 
directed with that sound judgment 
which it should, wher precious and 
immortal souls are at stake. What 
example have we in the word of God. 
r these things, the Lord ap- 
pointed other seventy also, and sent 
then two and two before his face in- 
to every city, and place," &c. He 
sent them as lambs among wolves, 
lie told his disciples, "And whoso- 
ever shall not receive you, nor hear 
your words, when ye depart out of 
that house or city, shake of! the dust 
of TOUT feet," &c. I fear the church 
in some respects, has lost sight of 
some of the old landmarks erected 
bv the blessed Redeemer and his 
faithful disciples. Should it be so ? 
Let the church shake off her lethar- 

Co (Our CoiTcspouucnfs. 

Under this head we will notice 
and reply to correspondents, and j t 
give other notices, when it is thought 
advisable to withhold the real name. 
We demand. in ai! cases, the writer's 
name, and reserve to ourself the 
privilege of determining the propri- 
ety of publishing names. 

ject. Write in prose, brother, we 
are always happy to hear from you, V, > 
when you speak in your own dia 

Prudent Reasons. — '■ I don't 
want the extra copy myself, so I 
thought I would add a dollar of my 

own and send it to , as I 

know It will be very welcome to 
her. If 1 succeed in getting more 


and arouse to a sense of her du- 

ty to God and a perishing world. — 
Let her send forth laborers, "two by 
two," into the vineyaid of the Lord; 
and thus carry out the command of 
the blessed Savior. It is an admit- 
ted fact, the -servants of the living 
God are no* now endowed with the 
same power, as formerly, in "cast- 
ing out unclean spirits, healing the 
sick," &c. Just before the Redeem- 
er ascended to the Father, he told 
his disciples that "All power is giv- 
en me in heaven and in earth ;" and 
anally, if they obeyed his commands, 
"And lo, 1 am with you always, ev- 
en unto the end of the world." If 
inch be the fact, and who will gain- 
say it ; why cannot his servant 
form the same miracles DOW as for- 
merly ? This is a grave question, 
and 1 hope alder pens than mine 
will take up the Subject of this [osi 
power, and Dot only traee it to where 
but instill into the minds and 

of the brotherhood, an ardent 
' with tin- 
power that th when 
oturned with joy, to the Savior, 
saying ; "Lord, e> i n t lie J 
Bubject unto ua through th j 
Moro anon. 

I,. J. GROVE. 
Johnsville. M I. 


Refuge. — "You will credit broth- 
er with the paper that be- 
longs to the agent. He is a poor 
Refugee, and has a great desire to 
read your paper, and it will be thank- 
fully received by him." 

We will send it. and may it aid 
him in seeking the true refuge. 

" I have inquired for Brethren in 
this part of the country, but can 
not hear of any. There are four 
members here : brother Peter Beech- 
ly and wife, Caroline Weimer, and 
myself. I have asked some to take 
the "Companion," but they say they 
are not able to pay for it, though 
they would like to read it. I wish 
some of the Brethren, when visiting 
some of the Western churches, would 
give us a call, and try to form a 
church at this place. They would 
stop off at Elkhart, on the Chicago, 
Alton, and St. Louis R. R. Let 
me know whether my subscription 
for last year has pecn paid." 


MulJlrtuicn, I. III. 

One dollar has been paid on your 

Subssription of last Year, by the 

brother referred ; i i did not 

give us the Post Olliee address of 

other members. If you will 

do so, we may be able to supply 

them with a copy of the <' mpanion t 

or at a reduced i rioe. Then' 

are Br< thr< d in MoLean Co., ad- 

joininj I u, and !■;• addn 

John V.Sna\eiy, or Joseph Michael, 

I [udson, McLean Co . 111., you may 

get a \i-i» from the brethren at that 


our oohn uridering the sub 

subscribers I may deduct the extra ; 
if not, you will make use of it, as I 
know you need it badly." 

You are right, my dear brother ; 
we do need it badly. We mean in 
a qualified sense : We need it for 
our poor brethren and sisters, and 
to support the cause of our Master. 
But if you mean for our own pres- 
ent comfort, then you are mistaken. 
We have all that Christians should 
j desire. True, if I should be called 
[ away suddenly, the probabilities of 
which arc ten in favor to one against, 
my little family would be left home- 
1, and dependent upon their own for their living. But what 
of that, when our trust i« in the 
Lord ! We fuel more anxiety to ob- 
tain an interest in the mansions 
above, where we shall have an eter- 
nal habitation, than we do in gain- 
ing possessions 

which must pass 

u Brother HoUingtr \ 

is fond of reading your family pa- 
per, and is not able to pay for it. — 
She is a widow, and her two sous 
Were forced into the army, and one 
of them lost I leg, which ma'.. 
pretty hard for them to make ft liv- 
ing. 1 send you her address, and if 
you will send her the paper, 1 will 

see her, and perhaps she oan j ay 

• me on it, it not all." 

Never mind seeing h I that 

trifle which she w . 

h 's hi/.. ." sad it s 
\\c have brethren and • who 

•ire tt/'lr to pay lot her, a;. . 

thai they do it. 

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5 ■ tlirr Henry ; I would not 
count it anv charity tor you to send 
us double numbers, but would say : 
harity begin :it homo, and ap- 
ply the oust (if those extra DUmben 
to building something for your own 
use, ami tlu'n he fully prepared to 
reduce the price for Vol. 4, so as to 
bring it in better reach for our poor 
members. Some may eay $1.50 is 
not much, but it is a good deal when 
they have it not to give. 

We would have much to say in 
response to brother Panncbaker, 
but we must pass it by for the pres- 
ent. If " Charity should begin at 
home," implies that a man should 
be liberal to himself first, then we 
discard the proverb. 

PoSTAOE. — The postage on the 
L0 cents a year or 
[> cents a \\\ urter. Nothing is saved 
by having two copies sent to one 
address. It' you save by it, it will 
be just in the same manner as if 
you ffomd buy one yard of cloth 
and by mistake the clerk should give 
you two yards, and you say nothing 
about it! No reader of our paper 
must be guilty of such a trick. 


January number of this young peo- 
ple's periodical has been received. 
It contains thirty-two large octavo, 
double column pages, handsomely 
illustrated with new attractive de- 

The following arc among the con- ; 
tents for January : White Stockings 
and Bed, A New Year's Story of a , 
hundred years ago — with illustra- 
tion ; A Stranger in School : Ento- 
mology, two illustrations : Pilling 
the Stockings : killed with Kind- 
ness, a School Dialogue ; What does 
it cost'.': Some from School; The 
Schoolma -- with illus- 

n ; The Cow ]'-<} ; The Pish 
Convention, with illustration; The 
Wishing Family ; The Marble Group; 
Our Little Polks, with two illustra- 

Rebuses. 1 ., and a charming 

piece of music entitled "Happy be 
the fear to thee." 

We know of BO Magazine which 
we would recommend to our young 
poeple. parents or teachers, before 
Our Schoolday Visitor. Sample 
numbers furnished for 10 cent-. — 
Si .J.") a year. To clubs, $1.00 each. 
Published by, J. W. Danghaday & 
Co., 1308 Chestnut Street, Phila- 
delphia, Pa. 

m m 

" The Camp, the Battle-jitld, and 
the Hospital, or Lights and Shad- 
owe of the Great Rebellion, is the 
title of a handsome volume, just is- 
sued by the National Publishing 
Company, 507 Minor Street, Phila- 
delphia,'Pa. The Author, Dr. L. 
P. JJrockett, has delved most indus- 
triously amongst the masses of curi- 
ous incidents which have marked the 
late war, and has grouped and clas- 
sified them under appropriate heads, 
and in a very attractive form. 

The volume is profusely illustrat 
ed with over 100 engravings by the 
first artists, which are really beauti- 
ful ; worthy of examination as spec- 
imens of the art. The book's con- 
tents include reminiscences of camp, 
picket, spy, scout, bivouac, siege 
and battle-field adventures ; &c. 

It is just such a volume as will 
find numerous purchasers, and just 
such a one as persons seeking to act 
as book-agents should add to their 


1,1 lh< onlng branch, Somerset Co., 

Pa., Dee. 6, ISM, brother JOHN BLOUGH j 
■ months, aud 10 davs. Ha 
Leaves an affectionate wife, a sister," and 8 
children to monrn his departure. In his case 
ttcanti ild, "A moment In health 

and in" Be went to bed in the even- 
ipgln got ! health, and about 1 o'clock his 
wife hearl ; him drawing his breath unusu- 
ally bard, endeavored to waken him, but re- 
ceiving no reply, she arose and lit a candle, 
and by hying her hand on his breae 
Grand that the spirit had fled. He was a 
deacon i the Church some 80 rears, and was 
beloved bj all that knew him." Funeral 
rices by brother Tobias Blongh and others, 
from 1Kb. 4: 10, II. 

Noah B. Blocoh, 
C. I. Bum. 

••Visitoi "' please copy. 

Near intercourse, Lancaster Co., Pa., Dec. 
Bth, 1866, sister HANNAH BITZF.R; aged 
07 years, 9 mouth*, and 2!t day*. She was a 
daughter of va i Disbonq, mar Ephrata, 
laughter of Valrhtibb Mock. I visit- 
ed her two weeks before she died, and had 
a lontr conversation with her, and fouud her 
mind to be quite active at that time. Hie 
helped me to sing, and we had prayer togeth- 
er. She was a very pious and much CBteemed 
6ister. Her Funeral was held on the 12th, 
and was attended by a large number of 
friends and neighbors. Funeral servici 
Joseph Myers and the writer, from Rev. 14 : 13. 
Jacoii Reixuold. 

In the Howard branch, Howard Co., Ind., 
Dec. 17th, 18G0, sister M*RY OVERHUL- 
8ER, wife of brother Samuel Overhuls-r ; 
aged 34 years, 1 month, and 25 days. She 
was confined to bed upwards of three inontlu, 
but she never murmured, but took it with 
great patience, as rite did all her troubles. — 
She leaves a husband and two children to 
mourn their loss. Funeral services by Elder 
Heil Hamilton, lrom 8t. John 14 : 3. 

(;E0. BlUHAKEll. 

Of Consumption, inthc Missisinawn branch, 

Delaware Co.. hid., [time not given] Mster 


l> baker; aged 54 yen.*, 11 mouths, 

aud 1H days. 

Q. YV. Stitieijakek. 

. The Rat and the Kile ; "Our 
tain exercisi 

ic acienci r.nigmaa, Puzzles, 


Agents W stilted. 
We are the most extenslvepubliahera in the ] 
United States, (having six hOUSCS,) and there 
fore can atrord to sell books cheaper and pay 
agents a more liberal commission than any 
other company. 

Our books do net pass through the bands 
ral Agents, (as nearly all other sub- 
scription worksdo,) tht are enabled 
id rive our canvassers the extra per cent) 
which is usually allowed to General A 
Experienced canvassers will sec the advaota* 
dealing directly with the publishers. 

. mbraces 1 he ii.< . ?- 1 popnlai 
lubjccts or Importance] and is selling 

rapidly both North and South. 

and all others, who want the 
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II. M rshberger, Bloody Run, l'a. 

Peter BechtcT, PattoBSville, Pa. 

1). D. Horner, Jones Mill. IV 

Folly Horner. Donegal, Fa. 

Isaac Myers, Miffllntown, Pa. 

Wm. C. Boyer, 

BaBii inrertown, \'a. 

Samuel Shaver, 

M. lloekmau, " 

K. R. Shavi 

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Daniel Keller, Dickenson] Pa. 

John I 

Jacob Miller, oakvilh. Pa. 
Joseph I X Roads, /'a. 

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Ell Yourtee, Bro Md, 

B. B. r .: . ■• . N. Enterprise, Fa. 
Wm. Johnson, N. Liberty, Ind. 
David Clem. Walkerton, Ind. 
Isaac Shannon, 111. 

It. Carroll, 111. 
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A. « auflniau, Indiana, Pa. 


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.1. F. Ofler, Waynesboro, Pa. 1.50 

ih Burger, Ml Hope, Pa. 1.50 
Jacob 1'. Lerew, York Sul. Spring. Pa. 1.80 
Cbas Hover, MUHinbnrg, Pa. 

Isaac Grater, Sehwenks Store, Pa 1.50 

I B. Snyder, St. John, Iowa 1.00 

Elezcr Bossennan, Duukirk, Ohio 1.50 

Michael Boeserman, " 1-50 

B. T. HoBserman, " I- 50 
John Bhlveley, Eatrlo, Ohie 1.50 
John S. Stutzman, Girard, 111. 1-00 
Catharine Hatton, Libertyrllle, Iowa, 1.50 
1). II. Garber, Batavia, Iowa 1.50 
Bereno r Tak, Kenoaba, Wis. A5 
Margaret Fllenbcrgcr' Platlsbnrg, Mo, .50 
Hannah Shoemaker. " .50 
1). A. Huflord, RoBBville, Ind. 1.50 
Daniel IleUer, Thornville, Ohio 1.50 
Noah Dupler, " 1-50 
Elijah Bosscrman, Somerset, Ohio 1.50 
Mies Reboc< a Coy. Syracuse, Ind. 1.50 

;.!i I. Cover, New Genera, Pa. 1.50 

Charity Woolsey, Taylortown, Pa. 1.50 

John J. Cover, Masoutown, Fa. 1.50 

J(»lu. Debolt, " 1.50 

Eph. W» " 1.50 

Mary . I. t'rv. ( ovinjrton. Ohio 1.50 

Joseph Smith. Cocolomus, Pa. 1.50 

C. s. Bballenberger, " 1.50 
Henry Hart, Jr. " 1.50 
Ellen B. Fry, Mi Allistervillc, Pa, 1.50 
Joe Smith, Jr. " 1.50 
Alfred 8. Waldman, " 1.50 
John Boatman, ' 1-50 
Peter Baal " 1.50 
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Ephraim \i " 1-50 
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Joseph Lo " 

Elizabeth I i ilem, Pa. 1.50 

Dan'l. Humberger, " 1.50 

Mb bael M.lrk, Oakland Mills, Pa. 1.50 

.vcr, Grccncastle, Pa. 1.50 

I), o. Brnmbanob, t*axton, Pa. 1.50 

Aaron BerkeybUe, Delta, Ohio 1.00 

D Diehl, Deliance, Ohio 1.50 

Eliza Miller, New Enterprise, Pa. 1.50 

I.rvi B. Bepl " -"5 

V. N. Wengert, Franklin (irove, 111. 1.50 

Daniel Bl >ra, Iowa 1.50 

\. Snyder, Dry (reek, Iowa 1.50 

W. C. Vroman, Willow Creek, 111. 1.50 

J. !). Yoder, Pulaski, Iowa 1.50 

John Pool, Prairie City, 111. 1.50 

Hi: im i onnel, Brooklyn, Iowa 1.50 

John a. Miller, Bridgewater, Vn. 1.50 

Jacob Stebmsn, East Hempfield, Pa. 100 

Ell Bear, Carlisle, Pa. 1,50 

liller, Carlisle Springs. Pa. 1.50 

b Hhirely, Rossville, hid. 1.30 

Samuel 8. Met/.ger, " 1.50 

John V. " l On 

Li/zie Young, Oregon, 111. 1.50 

rati 0. 1.50 

'•r, " 1.50 

I'. .1 Brows, " 

Pittabnrg, O. 1.50 

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Wm. If. Li< btenwalter, Chippewa, O. 1.50 

H adswortb, 
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Win. Mi In,: 

Samuel Rittenboase, ^ullh 1.50 

A Shoemaker, M 1.60 

I'n. 1.50 
Darid (! Rurkbolder, I 
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John Murray, Maraballtown, !owa. 
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I Jonas Hildebrand, I.akeville, Ind. 

Samnel Wine, Hagerstown, Ind. 

Samuel Strock, Sterting, III. 

Christian Forney, Shannon, 111. 

H. D. Lawshey ^Somerset, Ind. 
I Peter Long, New Germantown, Pa. 

Isaac Bby " 

Levi Swart?., " 

I Andrew Trostlo, Blain, Pa, 
1 Barnet Roth, « 

Edmon Book, " 

Levi Bnrd, Markleville, Pa. 

George Eby, Aughwick Mills, Pa. 
i Reuben Myers, " 

i Samuel Lutz, Shirleysburg, Pa. 
; Ab. L. Funk, " 

Henry Rhodes, " 

1 Joseph Price, ** 

' Michael Myers, " 

! George Garver Orbisonia, Pa. 
1 John G. Glock, Sberleysburg, Pa. 

John Beshore, " 

David Bowman, " 

Peter L. Swine, " 

Robert Wakefield, ■ 

Isaac Rorer, " 

Adam Crouse, ■ 

Wealthy Clarke, " 

1 John Spanogle, " 

Benj. Garver, " 

J. H. Lutz, 

Abraham Price, " 

; John B. Miller, Lima, Ohio. 

Samuel Chambers, " 

Samuel D. Miller, " 

Daniel I). Wine, " 

Daniel Miller, " 

Andrew Glassby, " 

John W. Watkins, Beaverdam, O. 

Jacob Leedy, Bluelick, O. 

Catharine Miller, Cairo, O. 

Emanuel Miller, Lima, O. 

Charles E. Spohn, Plattsburg, Mo. 

Daniel D. Sell, " 

Daniel B. Sell, " 

C. G. Fike, Chili, Mo 

.1. S. Smith, " 

John Frv, Kent, 111. 

K'der Danl. Fry, " 
I Darid F.rrii,. » 

K. Mishler, Yellow Creek, 111. 

banal Ttj, Lena, 111. 

Lewis Sell, Woodberry, Pa. 

George M. Lewis, " 

Daniel Replogle, sr. 

Isaac B. Replogle, Waterside, Pa. 

Eunice Holsinger, Mt. Morn*. 111. 

Geo. Gibbs, •' 

Abraham Toms, " 

Benj. 8 " 

Sylre»t(,r Hildebrand, Couemaugh Su. 
ton, Pa. 

Heniy Livingston, In, liana, Pa. 
Jonathan Slmry, Sidniaua Mill, Pa. 
Benj Bill Walnut, Pa. 

Jehu K.iiiiliiinn, " 

Daniel Kuuflinan, 
John Bl •' 

John c. Hosteller, " 


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John If, Millrr, '• 

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John Werking, " 

Zack Albaugh, " 

James Wyatt. " 

Benjamin Bowman, " 

John Zook, " 

George B. Hoover, " 

Henry Dilling, " 

Daniel Teeter, " 

Wm. Crull, " 

David L anz, 

Edward Rafle, ■ 

Abraham Bowman, " 
Solomon Bowman, Cambridge Citr 
Daniel Hardaaaa, " 

Perry F. Koontz, Dalton, Ind. 
John Deardorff " 

Lewis Kinsey, Millville, Ind. 
Jacob Clapper, " 

Solomon Ber.shoof, Johuetowu. Pa. 
Josiah Custer, " 

Henry McCartney, " 

Christian Strayer, " 

Jacob Wertz, »« 

Samuel Btutzman, " 

Joseph Cobaugh, " 

Lewis Cobaugh, " 

Dovid Stutzman, " 

Wm. Byers. Ebensburg, Pa. 
Manassah Hell. New Berlin, Ohio 
Henry Young 

Reuben Shank, Ogle Station, 111. 
Daniel Suter, " 

Levi Lichty, " 

Isaac Vannaridel, M 

Levi Thou. " 

Benedict Gnagy, ■ 

Abraham T. German, Westminster, 

tniah German, 
Emanuel Forney, Frixrleburg, Md. 
B, Clemmer. Norristowa. Pa. 
J Y Heckler, 
Jesse Clemmer, " 

Wm. .V. Clemmer, " 
A. Cbristman, " 

Sarah Leckron, Brownsville, Ohio 

John G. N'eher, Delphi, Ind. 
Jeremiah Trent, " 

John F. Bingcry, " 

Henry Shively, Camden, Ind. 
Jacob Swigart, Worthington, Pa. 
Wm. Bowser, Kittanning, Pa. 
John Wise. Oakland, Pa. 
KM. 0. John, Adrian, Pa. 
Jos. A Hetric, " 
Rob't Furgeson, " 

Shoemaker, " 
J. J. John, " 

Fred John, 
Martin John, 
July Ann Ri • > 
F. J. ( 

Jobn R land, P« 

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:. E Hopkins, Neu Philadelphia, la. 
H. I.i v.. Han, 

IV .1 Myers, llorncrsville, Ohio 
Joseph Rittenhouse, Chatham Centre 
Samuel Garver, " 

Joba W. White, " 

-hoemaker, " 

b Bergy, " 

Samuel Kittinhousc, Sullivan Ohio 
Kli7.11 Lint, Bourbon, Ind. 
John R. Denlinger, Box 95] Dayton, 0. 

Benj Melzger, New Lei. anon, Ohio. 
J. W. Peer. ShelbyvUlo, 111. 
J. B. YVampier, " 
I! B, An. let-son, •' 
George Gerlach, North Hampton, 0. 
Michael Frantz, " 

Catharine Fra:.- » 

Benj. Itriiimkcr, " 

John M. Wine, " 

Jacob Christ, " 

Joseph Brubaker, '• 

-:nitb, " 

HarrLson Shu!!. " 

Henry Frantz. New Carlisle, Ohio, 
Geo. \V. Long, Cedar, Falls; Iowa 
Dr. J. Spiecber, " 

Sarah A 8wabb, Lanark, 111. 
Susannah 8. Touch, Norris, Iowa 
Jocob Kintner, Defiance, 0. (Vol. 2) 
Geo. V. Roller, New Philadelphia, O. 
Mary Ann Mi-Cartney, " 
George Wise, Wenona, 111. 
John II. Miller, Marion Centre, Kansas 
Thou Jon'-?, Vinton, Iowa 
John Lehman, " 
Sarah J. Swarta, Hanorerville, Pa. 

Uezandria, 0. 
.Vf. \\". VToung Eaton, Ohio.' 
John Leslie, 

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John Wine, Singer) Glen, Va. 
■ 1 W. Plough, Johnstown, Pa. 
Kli Wissinger, " 

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Number 2. 

Selected for the Companion. 
The Coining Bridegroom. 

Now long, O Lord, our Savior, 

Wilt thou remain away I 
Our hearts are growiug weary 

Of thy 60 long delay. 
O when shall come the moment, 

When brighter far than morn ; 
The sunshine of thy glory, 

Will on thy people dawn. 

How long, O gracious Master 

Wilt thou thy household leave ; 
So long hast thou now tarried, 

Few thy return believe. 
Immersed in sloth and folly, 

Thy servants, Lord we sec, 
And few of us stand ready 

With joy to welcome thee. 

How long, O heavenly Bridegroom, 

How long wilt thou delay ? 
And yet how few are grieving 

That thou dost absent stay. 
Thy very bride her portion, 

And calling hath forgot, 
And seeks for ease and glory, 

Where thou, her Lord, are not, 

O wake thy slumbering virgins, 

Send forth the solemn cry ; 
Let all thy saints repeat it, 

The Bridegroom draweth nigh. 
May all our lamps be burning, 

Our loins well girded be ; 
Kaoh longing bear! preparing 

With joy, thy face to see. 

Plattthunj, Ma. 

For the Companion. 
Selections from Strap-Hook 

by s. \v. bollin<;i;k. 

Dr. Clark, the champion of Meth- 
odism, in commenting on chapter 
2nd, verse 17th of St. Luke, which 
says: "Glory to God in the 'highest, 
on eartli peace and good will toward 
men," remarks: "(low can rclig- 
contentions, civil broils, or open 
wars look that gospel in the iaoe 
which publishes nothing but glory 
to God and peace ami good will 
among men." 

Slang phrases when made use of 
either by male or female art; dis- 
graceful—not to say disgusting and 

They who disbeliefs in virtue bo- 
liiau has never been found 

t, might as My deny 

d is not always 

Toil and trial are grim school 

masters ; but a flush of hope can 
make them beautiful, even as a sun- 
beam on the rude mountain forest. 

Anger your friend, and you will 
be surprised to find what a villian 
you are even in his estimation. 

Some hypocritical prayers in 
church are intended to cheat the 
congregation, others the Lord. 

People who like so much to talk 
their mind, should try to mind their 
talk. • 

Men are generally deserted in ad- 
versity ; for when the sun sets, our 
very shadows refuse to follow us. 

The power of sympathy on chil- 
dren is wonderful. No one can do 
any thing with them, who does not 
know how to awaken it. 

The sun shine of life is made up 
of very little beams that are bright 
all the time. In the nursery, on 
the play-ground, and in the school, 
there is room all the time for little 
acts of kindness that cost nothing, 
but are worth more than silver or 
gold. To give up something, where 
giving up will prevent unhappiness ; 
to yield, when persisting will chafe 
and fret others; to go a little around, 
rather than come against another ; 
to take an ill word or a cross look 
quietly, rather than resent or return 
it ; tltese are the ways in which 
Clouds and Storms are kept off. and 

a pleasant and steady sunshine so* 
cured even in very humble ho 
and among irery poor people, as (roll 
. families in higher stations. 
The following beautiful paragraph 
is from the pen of <,\o. I>. I'r.u- 

"There is but i breath of air and 

a beat of the heart, betwixt this 
world and the next. And in the 

brief interval of painful and awful 
suspense, while we feel that death 
is present with as, and that wsj are 

powerless and he all powerful, and 

the last pulsation here, is but the 

prelud life hereafter ; we 

feel in the mid-t of the ^tunning 


calamity about to befall us, the earth 
has no compensating good to miti- 
gate the severity of the last. There 
is no grief without some beneficent 
provision to soften its intenseness. 
When the good and lovely die, the 
memory of those deeds, like the 
moonbeams on the stormy sea, light 
our darkened hearts, and lend to 
the surrounding gloom a beauty so 
sad, so sweet, that we would not, if 
we could, dispel darkness that envi- 
rons it." 

The true man walks calmly amid 
the wickedness and cruelty of the 
world like Daniel among lions. 

Temper is so good a thing that 
we stiould never lose it. 

Remember that self-intere- 
more likely to warp your judgment 
than all other circumstances combin- 
ed, therefore look well to your duty 
when your interest is concerned. 

Never speak badly of others even 
with a cause, llemember we all 
have our faults, and if we expect 
charity from the world, we must be 
charitable ourselves. And if they 
are so bad that you cannot recom- 
mend them for anything, they are 
not worth talking about. 

A. was talking to B. aboir 
and relating a great deal of evil of 

which C. was guilty ; then B. asked, 
"Has he do qualities ':" \ 

said no ; then 1>. said, can you not 
think of one ? A. an-w 
only that he is a good singer :" then 
said 15., next time you talk about 
him only ttll t/1.1 iy- 

Tilt' < ross itutl < roun. 

Th<- I | li^ht to 1 

without khi I rows. 

• bear th< ' 

obtain tl. kring the 

1 ''ling 


:dng tie I 




with being recipient of eternal rest 

rave. Although the 

practice of yielding obedient 
every particular does not appear to 
nerally popular, yet how easy 

• i hear t I - and obtain 

I rown. The Crown is ready 

for those who bear the Cross. The 

□ is .1 reward, and is offered 
as an inducement to take up the 

. and a great inducement it is 
too, for tl thing thaj can be 

of more value than a nappy home 
that will never end. Would it not, 
then, he wisdom in us to take up 
the Cross, discarding tradition 
wherever it may be found, and thus 
place ourselves under the promise 
of the starry Crown ? Many per- 
sons, without douht, become cogni- 
zant of their need of Christ ; yea 
more than this, they even determine 
to make an effort for Heaven ; but 
as soon as they see the Cross to 
bear (works of the Cristian) they 
become frightened. What is there 
in the Cross that appears so fright- 
ful ? Alas! they must go down 
into the water to shoulder that 
d over after walk in the 
valley of Humility, and sometimes 
get down into another valley, which 
appears a little lower than the first. 
\i/, ': The valley of feet-washing. — 
They see many apparently low val- 

and high mountains, through 
and over which they must pass, and 
feel somewhat discouraged. They 
will perhaps become persuaded by 
some of Demon's agents to let the 
SB their minds unnoticed. — 
They thus become interested in the 

ry of ti:e tempter — are made 
obedience is not cs- 
ho ( 'ross for 
nth, and lose the Orotgn. 

logry tool ! ,: ii'\ 

f, el po lay thee do* n, 
ill — 
I'car the C'ros« and wear the Crown. 
. hul. 

Biblical History. 

llnw HISTOID W I I hvf.I' rv- 


The IV : < view, in noticing 

Neil' Biblical History 

I, brings out the 

reral his- 

torical tables , showing how the long- 
evity of the antedeluvians supplied 
the want of historical record* 
skepticle from the 

idea that the Btory must have p 
through many narrations, and that 
few oppoitunities of comparing and 
correcting one account by another 
were enjoyed. Look at the table as 
illustrating these points. And, first 
the number of times the story must 
be repeated by different persons. 

Noah and his three sons could re- 
ceive the account of the creation at 
the second rehearsal, and through 
several distinct channels. 
* 1. Adam could relate unto Enos 
for six hundred and ninety-five years 
and Enos to Noah eighty-four years. 

.2 Adam during six hundred and 
five years could discourse it to Ca- 
naan, and Canaan could discourse 
itone hudre'd and seventy-nine years 
to Noah. 

B. Adam could rehearse it for five 
hundred and thirty-five years to Mah- 
allcel, who had two hundred and 
twenty-four years to intrust it to 

4. Adam had four hundred and 
seventy years to instruct Jared in 
these sublime facts, and Jared was 
contemporary three hundred and six- 
ty-six years with Noah. 

Through these four distinct chan- 
nels Noah could receive a distinct 
account from Adam. 

5. Adam lived till Methuselah was 
two hundred and forty-three years 
old, time enough surely to obtain an 
accurate knowledge of all those facts 
pertaining to the dawn of ci 
existence, and Methuselah lived six 
hundred years with Noah, and one 
hundred with his throe sons. 

And once more: 

6. Adam lived to see Lamech, the 
father of Noah, till he was fifty years 
old, and Lamech lived with Noah 
five hundred and ninety-live years. 
with Shem,Uam and Japheth. 

i\ channels the ac- 

time of the flood. 
All the generations from Adam 

pi the Hood were eleven. Of all 

Adam \ iary with 

nine, Seth nino, Enos ten, Canaan 

• •■. I in ich nine, Methuselah eleven, 

Through tin 
count could be brought down to 

Lamech eleven, Noah eight, Sliem ^ 

and brothers four. Thus there were 
never less than nine contemporary 
generations from Adam to the flood, 
which would give in" one lineal des- 
cent eighty-one different channels 
through which the account might be 



Tyrone City, Pa., Jan. 8, 1867. 


Proceeding* oflhe Yearly .Meet- 
ing of 1790. 


At a large assemblage of the 
Brethren, held on the Schuylkill, at 
the residence of brother John Jiaeh, 
on the 22nd day of May, 1790, it 
was resolved as follows : — 

That it is our anxious wish and 
humble prayer that our beloved bro- 
ther, [name purposely omittcd.-En.] 
might desist from his " strange doc- 
trine " in favor of war and taking 
oaths ; because he with us before 
Cod, angels, and men, in his baptis- 
mal vows, renouncod all tlmt in con 
trary to the word of salvation. And 
as we believe that Christ forbade 
his followers to wage war or take 
an oath, we must hold fast to his 
word, and "withdraw ourselves from 
every brother" who turns from the 
doctrine of the Redeemer, and de- 
fends blood-shed and swearing. It 
is impossible for us to break the 
bread of communion with such a 
brother, even if he should plead that 
the government had commanded 
him to do such things : for the gov- 
ernment itself, could not, if it would, 
force us to do wrong ; because we 
must obey God rather than men. — 
Thanks be to our heavenly Father, 
however, we have a government that 
does not require any thing of us 
that violates our consciences. If 
there are any among us whose con- 
sciences allow them to go to war and 
take oaths ; such persons are not of 

It was also resolved in unity that 
wo cannot break the bread of Com- 

munion A\ith 

a miiustering 

brother, , 






who. contrary to our testimony ami 
practice perforata the ordinance of 
baptism by immersing the candidate 

Subscribed at the G •:.• ral Coun- 

count of their thinking they have 
much knowledge ; but brethren here 
is danger; the apostle said " kn >wl- 
edge puffeth up, but love edifieth." 
At least 1 would recommend to 

oil in the name, and by the consent • them, to examine themselves, "Wheth 
and approval of all the brethren a?- er they be in the faith;" Prove 


cribed by Gu ibab Pricjb, 

Mai: UN" Mi:vi:k, Fkantz, 

1) VM. BoiXINGBB, 

Charles Hdbbs, 
John Land] 



Martin Gaby, 
Pkteb Keyser, 
Alexander Mace, 
N \tiianii:l ShRIVBR, 
David Ki.nzii:, 
Martis Uknlh, 
Peteb Leibbrt, 
Jacob Loeshbb, 
Jacob Dannbr, 
Abraham Lawshb. 

■son, Pa. ) 

Dec. 26th. 
Dear I Henry : — As 1 

have been a careful reader of the 
Companion ever since iu commence- 
ment, and though the writers on 
different subjects, do some times 
show too much of a hasty spirit, ap- and at 

yourselves, the a] uld say ; 

! "know ye not your own selves, how 

J that Jesus Christ is in you ; I hope 

j ye be not reprobates,*' so I hope, 
and also my prayer is, for all those 
who undertake to write through the 
Companion, that they will try their 
utmost to manifest a Christ-like spir- 
it, in all things. Rut, although these 
things were so, I still am greatly in 

j favor of the Q \ and in my 

humble judgment, I am led to 
prize it very highly, and earnestly 

I recommend it to our dear brethren 
and sisters in the Lord, and to all 

l who have a desire finally to be ad- 
mitted into the rest of God's people, 
to share with them in that inherit- 

, anc«, which is incorruptable, uude- 
tiled, and that which fades not away, 
kept in reserve for the children of 
God. I say, I recommend you to 
take it, and read it with atte. 
And 1 would further recommend it 
where we have members too poor in 
our several Districts, let us who arc 
in able circumstances ] ay for them, 
the same time, let us the 

peanng not to have quite enough of shepherd- of the flock, earnestly and 

the meek and forbearing spirit of heartily admonish the meml. 

Christ, and in consequence of this, | u . diligent in reading the holy scrip- 

they are very touchy, and at the tares, the Bible, which is the book 

same time too ready to take more or of all 

and this they do by d 

making expressions intended to bruise satisfied much spiritual benefit will 

and hurt the othor party, and if the be derived therefrom. And [hope 

last mentioned party is no better 

qualified and prepared for his or her 
it will b-ad to striking 
back again, and BO fighting will be- 
come the prinoiple objects between 

the parti'-. NoTA W€ know breth- 
ren and it we | rofe 

sua, and to have learned from Him, 
M and ye know that we ha. 
Uained Christ, for we read that 
whosoever bath not the spirit of 
Christ is none of His. 1 would only 

say to all Such that are SO very 

touchy, they think too much of them- 

Selves ; they are tOO high-minded ; 
Mise might be merely on ae- 

what 1 have non recommended, if 

attended to properly, will make us 
all wise unto -nl\ ation. 


'/-. r // U nger [n i ompli- 

whh th 
our brethren, wt will inform JOU, 
and the readers of the Compa 
that we i. mission to 

North Western Missouri, both to seo 
id \ i — 1 1 the brethren. 

innd brethren in different coun- 
in Andrew Co. Brother Daniel 

Click, and brother Joseph Bashore 
are the speakers, and brother Samu- 
el Stoner and Martin Bash >re are 
the Deacons. They have some 3-1 
members there. In Clint 
there is another church of some 2u 
or 25 members, but have do speak- 
ers at present. Brethren J 
Spohn and George Sell are the 
Deacons. These brethren r 
from 10 to 15 miles south of Osburn 
on the Hanibal and St. Jo- 
Road. There is another Church 
composed of Caldwell and Ray l 
Brother Abraham Sell is the speak- 
er and David Hardman D 
Caldwell Co., and brother John S. 
Hayse the speaker in Kay C •. Wo 
had a good many meetings while iu 
Missouri ; good order and 
tention, and some added u the church 
l>y baptism. 

We ale i foun I Brethren in ti en- 
try Co*, but not organised. Had 

some : there and some were 

added to the church. These breth- 
ren leside on the west side of Grande 
River, from 4 to (J miles r 
South-west of Albany, and about 45 
miles ; 1# — 

There seeosj t : opening 

'I 1 M nvn. We ttiink 

they have omtrv in Mo. 

Perhaps if the L -r 1 u ill. and W< 

■ oi' our property here in [owe 

on fair terms. wo may emigrate to 

Further think that 

Missionary plan that 

we can ad ie of our 

laboring brethren to end. 

such l may 

be needed, settle down tin- 
do all they can in spreading the 
pel, building up churches, and 
then teed the 

»ce on the 4th 
returned home on the 10th 
'•. Found all well, thank 
the Lord. We | 

had i plea-ant trip, and were kindly 
taiaed by the 
thren wl 

mneh ; vs 

DTI in 1 ii. 


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Brother HbUinger: — About a 

ago I saw in the ( bmpanion 

10 article or query signed L. M. 
1\< 'I'.. Franklin, Iowa, asking some 
one to give through your paper, his 
on the words of Jesus our dear 
emer ; as recorded by the E- 
li-t Mark, 16th chapter 17th 
L8th verses. I then did write 
nay views and mailed to you, but 
heard nothing until 1 saw you at our 
last Y. M. in Franklin Co., Fa. when 
you told me that my letter did not 
come to your hands. I was fully 
satisfied, for it did not concern me 
whether my simple idea came before 
the brethren or not, — but seeing an- 
other request on the same, where 
an unbeliever told a brother that he 
did not believe there was one chris- 
tian on earth, because the miracu- 
lous signs were not performed, which 
you answered well ; but it made me 
willing once more to give my con- 
sent and write my views on the 
above verses, which if you see good 
to give a place in the Companion 
you are at liberty. If you think 
better not, I shall still regard you as 
a dear brother and love to read your 
paper, the ( ion. 

icve if 

I would 

my simple 

brethren, it 

ones than 

only say this, I believe 
views come before the 
may bring out better 

Jesus says : "These signs do fol- 
low them that believe in my name." 
&c. We maintain the word of the 
Lord Jesus stands when heaven and 
earth pass away, and there is no tit- 
tle can fail ; hence the true followers 
of our dear Redeemer do experience 
his blessed word spiritually as named 
above by the Evangelist. First ia 
the name of Jesus, by faith and obe 
dience to his word, receive power 
through the spirit, to cast out of their 
hearts all besetting evils, or such 
devils as cursing, swearing, lying, 
!e\ ity, deceit, world-honor, covetous- 
ness and such like dem 

Secondly. "They shall speak with 

new tongues," in prayer and praise 

i the Lamb, when before 

ague was used for levity and 

evil ; but now by true conversion to 

the faith of the Lord Jesu9, under 

tin- influence of the holy spirit, the 

•laims,"come see v. hat 

Jesus has done for my soul," for 
suffering and lost humanity, that 
even the worst of sinners can find a 
Savior, pitiful and kind. Yes the 
new tongue calls to sinners, " come 
give us your hand and the Savior 
your heart, and wo will journey to- 
gether," &c. 

Thirdly, "They shall take up ser- 
pents," that is when tempted by the 
serpent spirit to disbelieve or cavil 
at thw word of God, they, by that 
word of eternal truth will meet the 
tempter as did the Redeemer, (Matt. 
4th chapt.) and thus take him up, 
or silence the tempter by the word 
of God. 

Fourthly, "If they drink any 
deadly thing it shall not hurt them;" 
that is, if they are overtaken with a 
fault or sin, or come short of their 
duty through weakness, that sin or 
deadly thing shall not hurt them, 
because they believe in Jesus and 
his word, and by the faith humbly 
repent in sorrow unto obedience — 
pardon follows and the soul is not 
hurt ; for we have an advocate with 
the Father, who has become a 
pitiation for our sins," &c. 

Fifthly, " They shall lay hands 
on the sick and they shall recover;" 

that is, they have the power in the baptised by any one of the J. A 
name of Jesus, through the word of Bowman order, after the 1st day of 


. ren's committee offered to meet the 
J. A. Bowman brethren on the prin- 
ciple of compromise. All right so 
far ; but we discover an error in the 
transaction of our committee, by 
their recognizing a part of the J. A. 
Bowman brethren as members by 
their accepting the conditions, and 
those that would not accept the com- 
promise, no members ; and if those 
that did not accept the conditions 
wish to become members of our 
church after the first day of Oct. 
they must be received by baptism. 
Now we wish to know where the er- 
ror is, on the part of the Brethren's 
committee, or on the part of the rea- 
ders. If the brethren's committee 
considered J. A. Bowman's baptism 
valid on the 1st day of Oct., 1866, 
why not valid any time after that 
date ? We perceive that the com- 
promise was offered to the J. A. 
Bowman church without any reserve 
(to which we cannot object) but how 
to understand the brethren's Com- 
mittee is the question at hand. As 
many as accepted the compromise 
were declared members, and as ma- 
ny as did not accept the compro- 
mise were declared no members ; 
now cornea the mystery. Any one 

eternal truth, to make use of the 
hands of living faith, to lay on their 
sin-sick souls, and they shall recov- 
er, be healed of sin by faith through 
Jesus' merits, and the power of his 
word unto obedience' of the same. 

This is the way we make use of 
the above text ; but we believe it 
was literally fulfilled in the apostles 
time, and we also believe that the 
true followers of the meek and lowly 
lamb of God, our blessed Savior, still 
do enjoy it spiritually in the above 


Johnsvillc, Md. 

Oct. (or said Council Meeting, held 
on the first day of Oct., 1866,) must 
be baptised if he or she wishes to 
come to our church. We understand 
the brethren's committee so. Now 
we wish to know if they meant so ; 
if not, let them say so, and relieve 
us of this conflicting difficulty. We 
mean to say, if the J. A. Bowman 
baptism was called valid on the first 
day of Oct. or before that date, it 
should be valid after that date. If 
so, why not grant them the same 
privilege, to come in the church by 
making a satisfactory acknowledg- 
ment to the church. If none of the 

■» — — ' society were baptised by the J. A. 

Brother llol singer : — On the 376 Bowman order, as a matter of course 
page of the Pwttor, we find there- the decision of our committee is all 
port of the Brethren's committee sent right ; but if any of them were bap- 
by the Yearly Meeting to confer • tised by the J. A. Bowman order, 
with a body of christian people then in that case there is an 


known as the J. A. Bowman breth- according to my judgment. We have 
nn, and if possible effect a union, carefully examined the proceedings 
and said report shows that the Breth- of the brethren's committee and are , 







made to believe they did right by | 
offering them a compromise upon 
the condition of an acknowledgment 
of both parties, having found them 
in fault on both sides, but to com- 
promise their baptism to be valid 
until the first day of October, and 
then after that to be nul and void is 
bo contrary to the rest of their pro- 
ceedings. I have talked with sev- 
eral on that subject, and I find the 
brethren understand it differently. 
I hope our committee will speak for 
themselves and have it differently 
recorded in our papers, so that the 
mystery may be removed and made 
possible for us to see how they meant 
it to be done. According to my 
understanding the remaining forty- 
four members of the J. A. Bowman 
order ought to be received on the 
same principle that the seventy-six 
were. We cannot expect all to 
come at once ; I think they did re- 
markably well. I think the breth- 
ren's committee are willing to re- 
ceive those forty-four on a satisfac- 
tory acknowledgment as they did 
the others, and remove that difficul- 
ty out of the way. May God grant 
us mercy that we may all see alike, 
so that we may ultimately be saved. 
Prove all things and the good re- 


Ladoga, bid. 

Brother Hdhtnger: — I wish to 
inform the brethren and sisters who 
reside in the Ulrich District, South 
of Tierceton, Kosiosko Co., Inl., 
that I arrived safely home on the 
2oth of this month, (i)ec.) 1 spent 
some nine da ys in the above named 
district ; preached some 12 diseours- 
68, and had four accessions. Our 
meetings were all well attended and 

moat excellent order. A good many 

brethren and listen have moted from 

this arm of the church into the aOOT6 

named l»i-t., viz. ■ Elder J. (Jmbaogh, 
yver, J. Connell, 1. 

Bowman, ami many in.. re. May the 

Lord blest our dear brethren and 

and kind friends I'nr the hos- 
pitality and kindness which 1 i 
ed <luring niv Stay with them. 

'/ wltrie, Ohio. 

Brother Jlohinger ; We, the 
brethren, met on the 2nd day of 
October, 1866, and organized a 
church in Andrew Co., Mo., which 
we call the Whitesvillc branch. — 
Brothers Daniel Glick and Joseph 
Bashor were chosen to the ministry, 
and Martin Bashor, and Samuel 
Stoner to the office of Deacon. We 
extend a hearty invitation to all the 
brethren traveling through this coun- 
try to stop and give us a call. — 
Those coming by rail road will stop 
at St. Joseph, and there take the 
Rochester road, and thence to Union 
Star, twenty miles from St Joseph, 
and then inquire for the writer ; or 
they can go to Savannah, and 
thence to Whitesville, twelve miles 
from Savannah, and there inquire 
for brother Joseph Bashor ; he lives 
in Wbitesville. 

On the 22nd of November last 
brothers David Brower and John 
Thoma3, from Iowa, paid us a visit, 
and had evening meeting at the 
Empire school house. Ou the 23rd, 
at 2 o'clock, P. M., they preached 
the funeral of my son and his wife, 
who died in Omaha, N. T., one 
year ago. Good attention paid to 
the preaching. 

On the 3rd of Dec. they had even- 
ing meeting at my house, and on 
4th also ; 3 added to the Church by 
baptism , evening meeting at school- 

5th, Had meeting at my house 
again, and 1 added by baptism ; 
evening meeting at school-house. 

6th, Meeting at my house, one 
a Ided by baptism. 

Had very good attention at all 
meetings, more so than I ever 
have seen; For nearly all the by- 
standers knelt down when prayer 
was made bj the water-side. The 

brethren BpOKC with much power of 
the Spirit. It seemed as though 
there vers many in. .re pierced to 
tho heart, and were almost rc.id_\ i„ 

say : "men and Brethren what most 
ire do to be tared '.'" And 1 be- 
lieve the g..<.d Lord was with 
during all these D . and 

give God the praises for 

was done here, "for in him 





. and have our continuing be- 

ing, looking unto Jesus, the author 
and finisher of every good work." 

On Friday morning the brethren 
took leave for home, and 0, it was 
a solemn parting, to part with those 
you so dearly love. 


Union Star, Mo. 

Rexpected Brother : — It is most 
three years since I resolved to lead 
a religious life, and have had but 
little religious association, that is 
near my age, within the time ; no 
young person nearer than twenty 
miles that is a member of the church. 
Your valuable paper has been a good 
companion for me during the year 
that is now almost wound to a close. 
No doubt it has frequently been the 
means of me shunning wild and 
worldly company. No brothers nor 
,-i-ters at home for me to converse 
with when I am lonely. I desire 
the Omttpanian still another year 
that I may know the feelings of my 
dear brothers and sisters that are 
far in the East. 

River, la. I>< . \~>. 
— ♦♦- — 

To our Bretkreu un<l others. 

Those who have, and are still or- 
dering " Nead's Theology," will 
please have patience a few w< 
until we have another edition print- 
ed. After that we will be able to 
fill your oidcrs immediately. Tho 
last edition was a small one, and is 
disposed of. The price, as hereto- 
fore, will be $1 .60. 

Of Nead's "Wisdom and Power 

of God," we still have SOtQS}, s,. that 
we are able to fill orders as they 
SOSae in. Trice. 

Also, "l'ioiis Companion." Trice, 

All free of ] .it the a' 



1' . 
kSMMSSSSMI < liMii|;<-tl. 

r, i- non S iuth 1 
ii>h, Ktoknk Co., l- ' 

, Iowa, instead ol i y 







Brother BoUingw : — Our little 
l.u here i~ still trying to 

the Lord. We meet t \ 
month for worship, and occasionally 
for oomnee] ; on the 15th of this 
month, (Deo.) brother! Deal. Dear- 
dorff and Levi Tros tie, from Lee Co., 
111., oeme to oi and remained until 
this morning, 1 ><■<■. 24, end held a se- 
ries of meetings ; we had 11 public 
meeting! and 1 OooncU meeting in 
the time; we held a choice and elected 
a Deacon; We have now -i speak- 
er! and 2 Deacons. Cur Meetings 
were pretty well attended, and much 
attention was given to the word 
preached and our brethren labored 
earnestly to proclaim the true Gos- 
pel. We really feel to rejoice when 
brethren come to OS in this way and 
labor so earnestly for the cause of 
the Master, and I do hope they may 
be well rewarded for the same. I 
wish the ministering brethren East 
when they come West would feel it 
a duty to* come this far. We are in 
the very outskirts of the Brother- 
hood and the Companion speaks of 
brethren traveling in many congre- 
gations, but few of them seem to 
reach us. Now I do think it is the 
dutv of the ministering brethren to 
visit those who stand as wc do, on 
the borders of the Brotherhood, and 
encourage and help them in their 
labors, for if it really is necessary 
to preach the true gospel any where 
it is in such places as ours. We are 
trying to do the best we can but pro- 
gress very slowly, and I do think if 
more speakers would come oftener, 
it would do much good toward sprea- 
ding the true word of God. Here 
ia where preaching is much needed. 
I would try to encourage breth- 
ren and all other true citizens who 
are coming west to get homes, to 
come to thll part of Iowa, as 1 real- 
ly think thev cannot find a much 
:• country Weet of the Missis- 
sippi, taking 'every tiling in comid 
oration: good land, a pretty country 
well watered, and stone-coal in abun- 
dance ; timber sufficient for present 
purposes, and K. Roads coming to 
U from all directions. The country 
is settling op pretty fast, but we 
would like to see more brethren 

move among us. We feel a little 
lonesome being 100 miles from the 
nearest congregation of the breth- 
ren. Land can be had from 8 to 40 
dollars per acre, according to loca- 
tion and improvements. This is a 
great stock country and very healthy, 
ii. B. PLAINE. 
Panora, Iowa. 

Third l>isiri< < of ludlaua. 

The District Meeting of the Third 
District of Indiana, and Southern 
Michigan, will be held, God willing, 
on Good Friday, in the Elkhart 
branch, one mile from Goshen, Elk- 
hart Co., Indiana. The congrega- 
tions of the District are requested 
to send delegates to the lneetinjz;. 

Signed in behalf of the District. 

South Bend, Ind. 


No. 1. Since the Gospel positive- 
ly forbids the wearing of costly ap- 
parel and gold, why do some in- 
dulge in it notwithstanding ? 

An answer desired through the 

A. VajjDyke. 

No. 2. "Will you or some other 
brother give us, through the Com- 
panion, an explanation of the 18th 
chapter of Matthew, especially the 
6th and 10th verses, which appear 
to me to be worthy of attention. 

We reluctantly close our columns 
this week, having failed to crowd in 
near all our items of correspondence 
and church news. Read what we 
have and trust us for the balance ; 
we hope it will come forth in our 

<To (Dur (Lorrcspoubcnts. 

Under thi* head we will notice and reply to 
correspondents, and give other notices,-wheu 
it is thought advisable to withhold the real 
Bime, We demand, in ull cases, the writer's 
name, and reserve to onrself the privilege 
running the propriety of publishing 

namea. ___^_ 

German Hymn Books. — We can- 
not tell whether the small German 
I [yam Books arc still to be had or 

not. Write again, brother Kurtz 
will no doubt have more time now to 
attend to his book matters than for 

Changing Addresses. — You will 
please notify us at the time you 
wish your address changed, giving 
the name of the Post Office to which 
it is being sent, and the one to 
which you wish to have it sent. — 
We may forget it at that time, and 
we do not wish to make a memoran- 
dum in our subscription book. 

Brother Holtinger: — We have, 
one brother in our congregation 
that would like very much to have 
the Companion ; and had told us to 
send for him, but afterwards came 
to U3 and told us he did not feel 
able, owing to a great many misfor- 
tunes. I only wish to state the cir- 
cumstance. His name and address 

We have entered his name on our 
list, and will send it as long as we 
can afford it. 

"New 7 Year" arrived too late for 
last week and is now out of date. — 
May answer for 1868. 

First Volume. — We have no ful 1 
set of our first volume. We have 
I but one complete good copy for our 
j own use. We will send volume 3 
! and 4 for one good, full copy of vol- 
j ume first. 

Brother John Goodyear, No. 
j 1701, Pine St., Philadelphia, offers 
j five dollars, and will pay the ex- 
press charges, for the first two vol- 
umes, complete, and in good condi- 

From the above it will be seen 
that it pays our subscribers to pre- 
serve our paper. Scarcely has the 
volume been completed until you 
arc offered nearly twice its original 
cost. Those who have copies of 
volume first, and could be prevailed 
upon to part with them, will please 
inform us. 








In tho Lower Conawaga branch, Vork,Co., 
Pa., Dec. 17, 1866, brother ABRAHAM MUM- 
PER , aged 80 years, 11 mouths, am! I day. 

About one year since, the deceas-d was t 


ken by Apoplexy, which made him marly 
helpless, being unable to walk without assist- 
ance ; after which he became believing, and 
requested baptism. On Easu-r Monday he 
was carried upon his chair, and placed upon 
a Bpring wagon, and conveyed into the midst 
of a flowing stream, and again, upon his 
chair, bv three of the brethren, he was re- 
moved down and was baptized, and the same 
evening the ordinances of feet-washing, the 
Lord's Snppcr, <fcc, were observed in his 
house. It was considered by some that bap- 
tism would cause his death instantly, bnt he 
chose rather to die in obedience to his Master 
than to remain disobedient. It truly was a 
remarkable instance of faith in the candidate. 
His weight probably exceeded -'50 lbs, and 
the result of his obedience was a favorable 
one : "He went on his way rejoicing." He 
lingered with his Illness until Monday the 
17th ult., when death terminated his suffer- 
ing?. His sons and daughters reside ir dif- 
ferent States throughout the Union. May 
the I-ord reward those of them that were 
present at his baptism for their kind aesjet- 
ance. funeral addressed by the writer, from 
00th Psalm. 

A. Beblman. 

In Lebanon Co., Pa., Dec. 22nd, 1866, 
brother ABRAHAM ZUG, eldest son of Elder 
John Zug , aged 44 years, 4 months, and 7 

The deceased brother was ahnosfinstantly 
deprived of his sense. On the llth of De- 
cember he was taken to the State l.uuatic 
Asylum, at Harrlsbnrg, sod on the -2d of the 
same month he died there. His afflicted 
father paid him a \i»it on the 20th, and found 
him in a tolerable stati; of mind, but so weak 
that he was hardly able to speak. The phy- 
sicians say he died while his physical strength 
was exhausted. While he was yet well be 
proved to be an active and beloved member 
in the house of the Lord. He leaves a wife 
and two daughter*, and one son to lament 
bis sudden and unexpected departure. l"o- 
neral services bj Clincher nud the srrl- 
frnm last Term ol 1-. u..h .... and Psalm 

\\M. llr.UTZI.BR. 

in Banto <'<> , i"w», Dei '-'"• i s, " ; - * inlfr •> 
M. W1LLLAMB, mi.- "i rrieod 1 nomas 
llams, and daugbtei "t l>r. B. M. and sister 

Ann, i hi.s ; n* .mil 8 mouths. — 

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Q w Grove, do 

/. B tfnmmert, do 
Arnold, do 
II p Btrickler, do 
Geo Shelter. do 

Isaac Rolland, Lanark. Ill 
Kph Miller, \l. -Alav -ys Fort, Pa. 

Wm Quia, 
Ellas Maiiii. 
Win Miller, 
Andrew Wilson, 
Bamnel J Mosser, 
ltiidd Herabberger, 
Moses Houti, 
Henry Brindle, 
\1el1v Van Dyke, 


John B Replogle, Woo<ll)erry, Fa 

Danl I. 

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expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
on hit way to Zion. 

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pentance, Prayer, Baptism by trine immer- 
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For Iht Companinn. 
The Mariner. 

Afloat on life's tempestous sea, 

Where angry billows roll, 
Where darkest clouds obscure the sky, 

And fears oppress the soul. 

If when the winds the fiercest blow, 

Ye call in Tain for aid, 
Then from the post where duty calls 

Shrink uot away dismay'd. 

Though God his mercy still withholds ; 

Though friends refuse to care, 
And waves in angry tumult roll, 

Oh yield not to despair. 

Despair not weary mariner, 

The tempest soon will cease, 
The clouds disperse, and from beyond 

Shine forth thy star of peace. 

8. A. MORT. 
Dayton, Ohio. 

For the Companion. 



This grace constitutes the Spring- 
head of all the kindred graces. If 
God is Love, and the purpose of the 
Gospel is to restore the image of 
be obvious to all right- 
minded persons, how essential to 
our safety and happiness is the in- 
herence of this grace. In Galatians 
5 : 22, we note that Paul enumer- 
ates Love as the first fruit of the 
Spirit. And in Rev. 2 : 4, it is sta- 
ted that the lota oi' this element dis- 
qualifies fi»r heaven, ai it is a defec- 
tion demanding repentance, and if 
not repented of, will result in the 
removal of all else, even the Tery 
light which enables us to see our 
failings and errors. In Matth. 24 : 
12, the Savior forewarns bi| disci 
pies of a feature in the prospective 
history of the Church, which finds 
its fulfilment in our day no lesfl than 
in former •, e of ma- 

hall wax cold." Not only a 
few shall decline in their love" to 
God anil his Church, hut u the lo\e 

of many." The spiritual it 
the soul, and the vigor and prompt- 
ness of obedience, will be in corres- 
pondence with the sincerity and in- 

tensity of our love to God and his 
people. "Let love bo without dis- 
simulation," is a much-needed ad- 
monition. When we must appear 
to be what we are not, in order to 
maintain our reputation as children 
of the God of love, we may well sus- 
pect some latent declension in the 
most radical element of vital godli- 
ness. And if decay, coldness, and 
want of vitality exist here, it will 
soon extend throughout the entire 
new man, so that all our efforts will 
fail to keep the dreadful fact of our 
declension a secret. When love 
once waxes cold, every grace of the 
Spirit will feel its blight. "Faith 
worketh by love, and whatsoever is 
not of faith is sin." "He that loveth 
me keepeth my commandments." — 
When love is chilled, every duty is 
a burden, and every commandment 
a drag ; the spiritual pulse will indi- 
cate a low, feeble degree of life, 
which renders every thing pertain- 
ing to the renewed nature \rktome. 
love is the ]>rimnry and grand re- 
quirement of the Divine Law. To 
" love the Lord our God with all tho 
heart, and soul, and mind, and 
strength," is the " first and great 
commandment," and so essential to 
salvation, that the opposite condi- 
tion is the very essence of sin. There 
is nothing arbitrary in love. Hea- 
ven .vuuld not be heaven without it. 
If heaven's sovereign is Love, it is 
at once manifest that this quality is 
the condition of admission into hea- 
ven, for it assimilates us to God. — 
Oh, how wise ai.d good ill us hi.-, kingdom on sucl. 

and equitable tonne ! Lore i 

only the essential requisite for en- 
trance into the ]■: 

but it UJ '.lie i.f the 

which int. lligeut . i ible. Aii 

from man np to G 1, has DO 

than ti. 
/ It ii th( nine 

nature, "for G The 

angels are like God in the deepest 
element of their being, or they would 
not be tolerated in his presence, and 
this likeness to God consists funda- 
mentally in Love. God is holy, but 
is not termed holiness ; He is good 
but is not denominated goodness. 
But instead of being simply lovely, 
or lovable, is Love. And to be re- 
created in the image of God is to be 
filled with love, and then we will as 
certainly bo holy and good, in our 
measure, as God. "The angels that 
kept not their first estate " became 
unlike God, or they would not have 
been "thrust down to Hell," and 
this defection was the loss of love. 
To be filled with love is to be God- 
like, and the want of this attribute 
is to be devilish. God did not de- 
sign that the intelligent and immor- 
tal creature should drink his bliss 
from any lower fountain than Him- 
self and to toax cold in love, is only 
an evidence that we are slaking our 
thirst elsewhere, that we are declin- 
ing in the new life, that the image 
of Christ is fading, and that the Di- 
vine and heavenly are dying out of 
us. We should narrowly examine 
ourselves, and see what manner of 
spirit we are of. The 13th of 1st 
Cor., is an excellent criterion of our 
true spiritual condition. Every be- 
liever ought to commit it to memory, 
and daily form it into a prayer for 
its realization. "Love is the fulfill- 
ing of the l.a n law un- 
to Bimaelf, and if we are in His 

we arc in I Ii> law . .m . 
we er. By 

I knowled 

m the La? in. -- 

Christ w.m born of a woman made 
the Lai into 

.ud tutd. - i - us, ao 

by Hi: 


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the 1 1 

and if we dwell in II in 








I in ub, and then • 

py burden 
. and < \< T_v yoke pleasant. — 
e are influences at work which 

■\ tend to I'liill tlu- lore ol 

ad in the heart, and not I 

f ( « who "did run well, - ' hare "tarn- 

.-..■ ." bavins lost 

the badge of their discipleship- - 

"first love." John 18 : 85. 
The Bpirit of emolation, and the 
• ,^. pcUe of gentile authori- 
ty, are working havoc among the 
"little Bock" in various quarters. — 
Matth. 22: -J;'.. Luke 9: 46. In 
yerswe should give prom- 
inence ••• khe outpouring of the love 
rist, that the girdle of charity 
ime strong, and all the 
that we "dwell 
in God, and God in us." 


!'v ; i Pa. 

— [Ml . 

loolinh Virgin*. 

In olden timefl there were five 
foolish We are afraid that 

there are fully as many as that 
number at the present day. Some 
of them were horn foolUh : some of 

m were made foolish by the ex- 
ample of their weak minded moth- 
ers ; and some of them have made 
the, foolish. See that dash- 

ing b< He, flounced from her heels 
to her armpits, and bedizened with 
jewelry, jems, and precious Btones. 
Her mother thinks her an angel; 
and she thinks herself an fcrch-an- 

| ; but she is a foolish virgin ; that 
U her true title. He who made her, 
endowed her with an immortal soul, 
and pointing her to eternal hereaf- 
ud to her. "let not your 
adorning be outward, the adorning 
of plaiting the hair, of wearing gold, 
or puting on apparel ; let it he the 

(den man of the heart, even the 
ornament of a meek and quiet Bjrint, 
which if, in the sight of God, of 
: ;,.,..■• But all the adorning 
flial oliah virgin has is out- 

ward. Shi ntal culture, 

and no noble and generous heart. 
<; dined for any useful- 


on which to exhibit dry- 
akcr's skill. 

And when she shall appear before 
her Maker, stripped of her outwaid 
adorning, and without that precious 
ornament of the heart, what a mis- 
erable figure that foolish virgin will 
cut. It is awful to think of tho fu- 
ture of these mere butterflies of 
fashion ! What is she good for? 
The most simple article of dress 
that adorns her useless body she 
could not make. She toils not, 
neither does she spin, yet Solomon 
in all his ^lory, was not arrayed 
like her. She has very little mind. 
She can only talk of theatres, halls, 
fashions, and beaux. Her moral 
nature is wholly uncultivated. She 
spends more time in examining fash- 
ion plates than examining her poor 
little heart : more time in reading 
love stories than in reading the 
blessed Bible. She is a bill of use- 
less expense to her father, and a 
barren fig tree in tho great moral 
vineyard. The world would be bet- 
ter off" if this foolish virgin no longer 
cumbered the ground, and one of 
• days the scythe of time will 
cut her down, and the soul will go 
to its account. Young women, 
young men, consider your ways ; 
have a high and worthy purpose ; 
make yourselves a blessing to this 
world : he useful, be modest, be 
good. Bfl wise virgins, and when 
the great bridegroom shall come, 
you shall go with him to the mar- 



/•"./!• I fit Companion. 
Ministerial Support. 

As brother Beer thinks that I 
have made a wrong application of 
Baul's language, I will examine the 
subject briefly. The language re- 
ferred to is as follows : "But I have 
used none of these things." Broth- 
er Beer thinks 1 will see this matter 
quite differently if 1 make " a cor- 
rect application of Paul's language.' 
lie -ays : "Paul had direct reference 
to his conduct among the Corinthi- 
ans." Let this be as It will, it fails 
to prove that Paul received wa^es 
for the purpose of supplying his own 

temporal wants. "Lest we Bhould 

hinder the gospel of Christ," seems 

I to be one reasons assigned 

for "his conduct among the Corrin- 
thians." How are we to suppose 
Paul could have hindered the gos- 
pel of Christ by receiving w 
even from the Corrinthians ? Per- 
haps it was feared that men would 
form the opinion that Paul was la- 
boring for his own pecuniary bene- 
fit rather than for the good of souls, 
if he should take wages. If there is 
no danger of this kind to be appre- 
hended in our own age, then Paul's 
objections to receiving wages will 
not reach us. Brother Beer speak- 
ing in regard to the Missionary 
cause says : "The scriptures tell 
us nothing about the Missionary 
Causey Notwithstanding the scrip- 
tures tell us nothing about it, there 
still is such a thing. The fact that 
the scriptures tell us nothing about 
the United States does not prove 
that there is no such a country. — 
DesiriDg to be brief I will close this 
article, hoping that I will have no 
more controversy upon the subject 
at issue. 


Pierceton, Ind. 

^ * 

Men for the Ministry. — rrayer 
has the clearest warrant of all means 
that can bo employed for the raising 
up of ministers. Considerable rli<=- 
n has taken place on tho na- 
ture and extent of human instrumen- 
tality in supplying ministers for the 
Church. Whatever difference of 
opinion may exist in regard to other 
means, all must admit the lawfulness 
and necessity of prayer. The in- 
junction, " Pray ye the Lord of the 
harvest," etc., is one of the plainest 
and most positive in the Scriptures. 
In some cases it cannot be certain 
that what we ask is agreeable to the 
will of God ; but here all room for 
doubt is removed. It is not often 
that Christ, in exhorting his disci- 
ples to the duty of prayer, informed 
them particularly what to pray for ; 
but in this case he puts words, as 
it were into their mouths. It cannot 
be that ho would omit to answer a 
prayer thus expressly dictated by 


The noblest hero is he who 
fully battlos with himself. 

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Tyrone City, Pa., Jan. 15, L867. 


District Jleet- 

this vicinity. One meeting howev- 
er was held in the Brethren's meet- 
ing-house in this district. All the 
meetings were well attended and 
good order prevailed throughout 
the series. Indeed, it could not 
well be otherwise, because the at- 
tention of the audience was directed 
to the exhaustless riche3 of the gos- 

SoiilliiTii Indiana 

Brother Holsinger : — We desire 
you to publish that the church in 

Howard Co., Ind., has agreed to pel of Christ. Brother Nicholson 
take the next District Meeting.— exhibited to the large assembly, that 

Therefore every branch of the church assembled to hear him, the sword of through Warrensburg, the 
composing the first or Southern Dis- 1 the spirit— that sword which is rep- town. The country i- very ; roduc- 

ing brethren desiring to locate i 
the West, and who are desirous of 
settling iu a neighborhood rich with 
subjects who yearn for some one to 
lead them to Christ by the revealing 
of the Gospel in its true light, will 
do well to visit Johnson Co., 
Mo. We have every reason to be- 
lieve our county will bo one of 
the first in the The 

Pacific R. R., runs directly 


trict, in accordance with the plan a- 
doptcd at the last Annual Meeting, 
will send one or two representatives, 
or a letter, to the District Meeting, 
which is to be held if the Lord will, 
at our meeting-house, twelve miles 
West of Kokotno, and three miles 
East of Burlington, on the 23rd day 
of May. Those coming by R. R. 
will stop off at Kokomo where there 
will be conveyances to the place of 
meeting, on the day previous, if we 
are notified two weeks beforehand. 

resented as being sharper than one tive ; climate reasonably mild, and 
with two edges. He undoubtedly other facilities which tend to make 
used this sword to advantage. He the country very desirable. I feel 

so skilfully handled this powerful 
weapon that those who were present 
could not but believe, and not only 
believe but also plainly see that un- 
less they would turn about and run 
in direct opposition to the way which 
they travel now, this sword would 
follow them continually — that as it 
is presented to them they should not 
back away from it, for it will still 

confident that every \i~it>r would 
endorse my opinion. We extend a 
cordial invitation t i all hrethr- 
pay us a visit in this very desirable 
and far Western country. 

'I'll.' doctrine hell forth by the 
Brethren is hardly known here at 

Mini-tors of other Denominations 
have ' aired t<> il to 

As there is a portion of the broth- follow them and keep them backing bfl ^^ l h « B ,; 

reu, as far as our kit carry 

erhood, who, under former arrang 
ments, has taken very little or no 
interest in District Meetings, we the 
more earnestly invite them to con- 
sider that "in the multitude of coun- 
cil there is safety," and that we de- 
sire to see more of oneness and uni- 
formity in this particular. " Come 
then, and let us reason together, 
saith the Lord." You can either 
write to me or to brother Joel Brow- 
i-i-. His 1*. 0. address is Ervin, 
M-il Co., Ind. 
1 think it would be bfltt if all 
the delegates would collect at the 
meeting-house at early candle-light, 
the evening before to organise, by 
appointing a clerk and Foreman, 

that the letters and papers could be 
arranged, so that the meeting could 

commence early the next day. 

B order of the Church. 

V Ind. 

Brother MehoUon'* vUlt to Eel 
KUer Church. 

lording to announcement in a 
previous number of the Companion, 

brother John Nicholson arrived at 
this place ami held a series of meet- 
at tip 

until it gets them backed up to the 
judgment-seat of Christ, and that if 
they suffer it to follow them to this 
point it will pierce them. To think 
of this glittering sword getting so 
close as to deprive persons of escape 
is enough to make them shudder for 
fear. That this feeling was brought 
upon some in this vfcinity, will be 
seen when we communicate the in- 
telligence that the day before broth- 
er Nicholson left us he was required 
la receive into the church three ap- 
plicants by the holy rite Baptism; 
and on the next 

us, bare net r b • I by 

the 1. 1 •.. which wo 

; pel them to take the oath of alle- 
giance ti the Government of the 
United $tat 


Brother Holringer: — In giving 

you church ne bare 

M to bo encourage, I fa the 

morning before he kingdom in tl. 

left another application was made, 1" " " r the '• imuniou 

and the applicant received ; and be- 
ing thus detained he just arrived iu 

Pierceton in time to take the train. 

We believe that others have been 
made to feel the wonderful ; 

ispel, and we with many others 

feel to tender to brother Nioh 

our thanks for his vi-it. 

1. I v IB, 

1.. I 
.1 I ".. .11. 

Dodgertown, I 

* m 

>h<r 11 •hm jrr ; PletM in- 
difforent school-houses in scrt the following : Any i 

Meeting ever held by the brethren 
in Ral >. ; about -1" mei 

Commune 1. Thr 

at the meeting. Have be 

additi ■ an \ u 




J. B. i LOB 

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Vntirtntii It much. 

Brother Henry : — Since my last, 
,\c bad nine accessions to the 
Church by baptism; we fed greatly 

cncour.igrd to know, that there are 
Btill those whom the good Lord calls; 
and who accept the offers of salva- 
tion. May the benign influence of 
^race still convert many souls 
to the fellowship of the Lord of our 

On the 26th ofNorember Ire- 
turned from a visit to the churches, 
— Pipe Creek, Beaverdam, and 
Monrovia, having in company br. J. 
F. ( »ller. At Pipe Creek we met 
with brothers D. P. Sayler and Sam- 
uel Longenecker, in council, who 
also helped to fill five appointments 
out of twenty-two which the breth- 
ren in the above branches had ar 
ranged and laid out for us to fill, 
within the limited time of nine days, 
which time we promised to spend 
among them. Our dear brethren 
and sisters seemed fully alive to the 
cause of our Holy Religion, and 
careful that the time might be spent 
to the best advantage, to the good 
of souls, and the glory of God ; they 
gave us their hands and their hearts 
in the labor of love. The meetings 
were largely attended, and good or- 
der prevailed, and much interest 
manifested. Many gave evidence 
of their thinking seriously upon their 
way. Altogether we enjoyed a sea- 
son of grace and a feast to the soul. 
We conclude by saying our breth- 
ren and sisters in the above arms 
are enjoying health in body and in 
spirit. May the good Lord bless 
them in their zeal, and their labors 
of love. 

D. F. GOOD. 

Waynesboro, Pa. 

m m 

Brother HoUinger : — Our branch 
of the church is located in the South- 
Eastern corner of Highland, and 
Northern corner of Adams county. 
The Ark of the Lord is still moving 
Blowly, in our branch of the church. 
In the year that has just clos- 
ed, there have been added to the 
church some thirty-two members. 

Yours fraternally. 

J. il. GARMAN. 

Sinking Springi, Ohio. 

liruthtr Henry ; As I always 
love to read the news of the church- 
es, I feel like throwing Our little 
mite in that department of the 
weekly visitor that, unwearied, 
comes with his messages of encour- 
agement to all those that have the 
prosperity of Zion at heart. We, 
through the past summer, by the 
blcsings of God, kept the ark of 
souls floating on the surface, and 
some few were willing to follow the 
example of. the Great Head of the 
Church, and enter in at the door 
that they might be saved. Since 
last March we received 11 by bap- 
tism and reclaimed 1, and several 
by letter, so that we still feel to 
sound the silver trumpet on Zion's 
walls ; yea, cry aloud and spare 
not, but warn the sinner to flee the 
wrath to come, encourage the saint 
to press forward toward the mark 
for the prise of our high calling of 
God in Christ Jesus. 

We were much edified and en- 
couraged by a short visit of love 
that brother John W. Brumbaugh 
and his companion, and brother G. 
W. Brumbaugh and sister Hannah 
McGraw paid us in this part of the 
church. During their stay with us 
we had seven meetings, where we 
that were often under their voice in 
former days were again encouraged, 
and that love to. each other and to 
our Master increased ; and as it 
were folded into a bundle that dis- 
tance and time cannot unfold ; and 
we are made to feel that some of 
their labors will be as " bread 
cast upon the water whereof there 
will be gathered in days hereafter." 
We pray still that the Lord may 
move upon the hearts of some more 
of our laboring brethren to come to 
the help of the Lord ; and may wo 
all, as watchmen on Zion's walls, 
join together, faithful in the cause 
of him that has chosen and called 
us to be a peculiar people and zeal- 
ous of good works. 

Wc were, as a general thing, 
blessed with good heath this season, 
excepting one of our dear visiting 
brethren, Benjamin R. Fisher, suf- 
fered more or less all summer with 
the Consumption, and on the 29th 
of November last he departed 

this life with the bright prospects of 
going to his Jesus, who was all his 
theme the last few months. His 
loss will be felt, and that to some 
extent amongst us, as he was active 
in his office, and good in council ; 
but we rejoice in being persuaded 
that our loss is his great gain, and 
that we need not sorrow as others 
that have no hope. 

Munticclla, Ind. 

Brother Hohinger : — My busi- 
ness connections here are at an end, 
and I expect to leave the city ; I 
I think of visiting the brethren in 
the far West, should the Lord so di- 
rect after prayerful inquiry ; And if 
so, so be his will. I shall visit breth- 
ren with whom I have become ac- 
quainted, living on the route to, and 
through the Western States. 

In the city, we are still striving 
to keep in the path of duty. We 
have had many, very many good, 
lively, spiritual meetings ; enjoyed 
sound and earnest preaching, from 
quite a number of brethren, who 
have kindly visited our church dur- 
ing the past month ; and although 
not permitted to see, as the result of 
labor, the conversion of souls, still 
we cannot think that labor so earn- 
est, and so faithful will go unreward- 
ed. We hope it will be as bread 
cast upon the waters. 



Philada., Pa. 

Dear BRETHREN ; If you can 
send us a minister who will be able 
to start a church here, he will be 
welcomed, and gladly received, and 
will find a good country and a re- 
spectable class of people to preach 
to. Now is the time to start a 
church here, for I believe there are 
some here now that would join. — 
Our children, too, are growing up, 
and we would like to have them 
hear our Brethren preach. I will 
try to get a house and a little fund 
for a minister that will come here. 
Let me hear from you. 

Calhoon, Harriton Co., Iowa. 






Brotker HoUinger : — We have 
two meeting-housos in our branch of 
the church ; three speakers, and a- 
bout 150 members altogether at this 
time. I am not able to speak, being 
afflicted with Bronchitis. We have 
regularly two Lovefeasts a year, 
and we think it is productive of much 
good, both to building us up in "our 
most holy faith," and also to the 
awakening of Binners and bringing 
them to a sense of their duty. We 
have preaching every Lord's day 
in our branch. We received 11 by 
baptism this year and reclaimed '&. 
Ours is the Jonathan's Creek branch, 
Ohio. We are much in favor of a 
change in ministerial labors and our 
members are always ready to bear 
the expenses of ministering brethren, 
to and from us. This is preaching 
with the means with which God has 
blessed them. We have a series of 
meetings in contemplation, and if we 
succeed in getting able speakers, 
and if God will bless our labors, we 
wish to try to throw some red hot 
shells into the camp of satan, that 
may cause some poor souls to flee 
the wrath to come, and seek shelter 
under the blood stained banner of 
King Jesus, and join with us in fightr 
ing the Christian warfare, until death 
shall bring them to their God. 


Somerset, Ohio. 

ers of the Companion will make this 
one of their passing ways while on 
their missionary travels, and assist 
me in introducing our order and 
manner of worship to the people in 
this country. If not I shall have 
to do the best I can, craving an in- 
terest in the pravers of the saints. 
" J. D. YODER. 
Pulaski, Ind. 


Brother Holsinyer : — I have long 
delayed writing to you. I have 
tried to get some new subscribers 
but was not very successful ; the 
brethren here say that there is too 
much controversy among the breth- 
ren published through the Compan- 
ion, that is the reason they don't 
support it. I also have the same 
opinion, in part, but I can't think 
of not having the Companion ; but 
if the brethren would not throw their 
controversy before the public, I think 
it would show more love in the broth- 
erhood ; because we should be of 

1 one mind, and if brother has any 
thing with brother he should go to 
him or write to him, and not throw 
all before the whole brotherhood & 
the world, for a public example, but 
entreat him in love and the fear of 


Naperville, III. 

of good meetings. They had nine 
meetings, and labored hard in the 
good cause, to enlighten sinners 
and invite them to God, and we be- 
lieve it had the desired effect. It 
was food to the soul. 

Our church here consists of about 
one hundred members ; we have 
three speakers and fuur Deacons. — 
Elder Abraham Frantz is our house- 
keeper. The ark of God is moving 
on slowly. We have received 8 by 
baptism in the last year, and n g 
trust there will be more soon. 

Yours truly in the Lord. 


Belief yntaine, Ohio. 

Brother iloltinger : — I have been 
a ri o.-iver of the CompaiHOU since 
Annual Meeting of 1805. It 
meets our approbation generally, 
and gives U3 much satisfaction con- 
cerning Church nows. It serves us 
as a minister of the Gospel, as we 
are living in a place where no mem- 
bers of the Church are located, but 
my wife and myself, consequently 
we hoar no preaching from the 
Brethren, save that which we get 
through t . and th« '*<" We with to ha\r it con- 
tinue.!, and .shall u,e all po 
forts to enlarge its borders ami m 
a the sambor of iubicrib< 
We etugrtted Iron < Jo. hen, Ind., 
. to thin country in November last, 
11 and as yet we ^raw BO l>] i 
y. for m hoping : the 

ministering brethren who are read- 

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Brother HoUmger : — These few 
; lines will inform you that the Com- 
panion is a welcome friend and is 
: eagerly sought for in our family, 
' t and hope your subscription list may 
i be much increased for the next vol- 
' ume. 

There were five ministering breth- 

i ren from l'a. with as last week: 

' Brothers Lrindle, Brown, Nisley, 

and two Hollingers. The brethren 

of this neighborhood have heOD 

much edified by their \i-it. Wc 

will encourage othors to 

fieri our valley likewise, as much 

. M, 'II;. 

great but the laborers are few. 

I: ekingh im < , 1 

B (her 11.. ethren J. 

eisolc and John krnbill were 
with us last week and had a 

Brother llohinyer ; I am very 
thankful for your kind favor extend- 
ed toward me in sending the Com- 
panion. I love to read it, and if 
you are able to coutinue sending it 
I would be very thahkful to you 
indeed. Our 


in Tennessee came off in November, 
1860 ; on Friday Mid Saturday be- 
fore the fourth Sabbath in the al 
named month. We had a very in- 
teresting meeting. The Elders 
present served the meeting as a 
committee. There were i . 
many queries brought before tin- 
meeting; all of them was discos 
in the fear of the Lord, and in the 
spirit of meekness, we trust an 1 be 
lieve, the above meeting was held 
in our branch of the Church : 
Pleasant Hill meeting-fa .lli- 

van Co., Tenn. Our branch of the 
Church seems to be in union and 


/tear Sir : \ 1 pleaM 

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per. In- bring unable to pay the sub- 
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t1 ■ kftl :.awe and 

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you fr^iu Vol, "J. you I... 
' last year, and age 

season this year. 

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•her Joseph Sherfev, Freedom, 
Washington Co., Term., says: 

"We expect, md hope, and pray 
for a crown of glory, but we Deed 
not expect it without labor. God 
has ■nattered christian duties like 
grains of gold, all through the sands 
of life, and we must pickup from 
the dust of the earth, one by one 
the grains of gold, from which wc 
mould our immortal diadem. The 
more abundant the grains, the grea- 
ter and the richer will be our crown. 
He who gathers not these golden 
grains will never be king. 

Brother Enoch Hoffman, Sand 
Brook, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey, 
says : 

'•We had an extra meeting just 
before the hollidays. We baptized 
ten and expect one or two more 

I like your paper very well so 
far as I have seen it. I am a strong 
contender for the old doctrines and 
principles of the Church, and there- 
fore am not very friendly to the 
principle of paying a man for exer- 

Do that, brother, and we will take 
for our pay whatever you have gath- 
ered at the end of the year, even if 
it be ever so little. We will trust 
you for the fulfillment of your prop- 
osition, for wc know from your letter 
before us that you are an ho neat 
brother. The hand of affliction has 
been laid upon you, for you say " it 
seems not one in the family has es- 
caped his scourging hand." Ah ! 
how the weight of that hand expands 
our souls. Take it patiently, broth- 
er — yea rather, receive it thankfully, j 

the talent God has given to 

r Ann Rowland, Hagerstown, 
Md., says : 

'•What a great comfort it would I 
be if all was peace and love ; if we 
could all live as we should, love i 
each other in kindness and meek- 
ness, and in the spirit of Christ." 

to (Our (Lorrcspoiujcnis. 

I ader ttala head we will notice and reply to 
correspondents, and give other DOtlcee, when 
It is thought edTluue to withhold the pi <i 
Daine. We demand, In all rases, the writer*! 
name, and ree er ve to oursclf the privilege 
of dctcnniniiij,' the propriety of publishing 

•• 1 would like to be a subscriber 
to the Companion, baft I have not 
the meant at present to spare for 
that pur]--'-. Bat 1 have thought 

that if brother Holsinger would Bend 
net the "Companion* 1 we would try 

and "lay up on the first day of the 
k a> the Lord prospers US," and 

when we get the amount required 
will send it to you." 

W. II. H. 

Brother HoUinger : — We live in j 
the far West, without friends or re- , 
lations ; three of us combined in one 
family, that wish to follow Christ. — ' 
The nearest brethren are about 25 
miles off. We would like if you 
could stir up or encourage some one 
through the Companion, to come and 
preach for us a year. I think that 
some good could be done here, if 
we had a minister living here. We 
have had meeting here once or twice 
a year by the brethren who have 
the oversight of us. 


Mayxville, Iowa. 

If we had it in our power, broth- 
er Talhelm, we would send a score 
of ministering brethren into the 
Western States. But we have no 
one to whom we may say "Go." — 
The Savior says "go," and how our 
brethren to whom the command ap- 
plies can refuse to comply with your 
calls, is a matter which we do not 
clearly see. We think we are ful- 
filling our calling when we visit you \ 
once every week, and we are happy 
to know that our visits are so very 

•• fon charge the brethren to 
■end you the names and addr 
of members who love to read the 
•• Companion," but are not able to 
pay for it. Now we could cite you 
to several who arc quite poor, and 

we will take notice of some and con- 
sult them, and try and get them to 
do something. I think that while 
you are so charitable as to send the 
"Companion" to them free of charge, 
we ought to do what we are able to 
do, if it is only two mites. I hope 
you will not think hard if I do not 
take the "Companion," which I can 
not do at present for reasons which 
I do not wish to mention, though I 
would like to have it very much." 

We will send the " Companion" 
to you for 1867. You will read it, 
and carefully preserve every num- 
ber, and if, at the end of the year, 
you cannot pay a part or the whole, 
and if we cannot afford to give it to 
you, then we will take it back. 

We do not expect to send out all 
the free copies at our own expense. 
We have brethren whose circum- 
stances are much better than ours to 
help us. We have opened an ac- 
count for such contributions. We 
now acknowledge the receipt of 1 $ 
from a sister in adams Co., and 75 
cents from a brother in Morrison's 
Cove, Pa., and 5 3 from a brother 
in Union Co., 111., for this purpose. 
Those who wish to contribute to this 
fund, and prefer not to let the left 
hand know it may assume a name 
by which we can acknowledge the 
receipt of their gift. Wo do this 
because we know that the Brethren 
almost unanimously prefer to do 
their "alms in secret." 

" I send you a two dollar note ; 
the 50 cents' credit to George S. 
Wine, on his last years subscrip- 

What is Geo. S. Wines post office? 
We cannot credit any one unless we 
know the post office. 

Correspondents will please make a 
note of this fact and save themselves 
and us much unnecesary trouble. 

"Some of the brethren here will 
not support your paper any longer. 
I hear a good many grumbling that 






VOU leave out the brethren's articles , To our Subscriber*. Near Ladoga, Montgomery Co., Ind., Oct. 

and insert pieces from other r : M „M-s; It is possible-yes even highly ^S ^SSSSS^JS'J^y D A 

thev want to hear from the Ereth- probable — that in making out our ofDanidiiuncji aged 70 years, 3 months, 

"» | * , ... , , , and 3 days. Disease, Flux. She bore her 

r< -' n - Subscription books, we may have sickness with Christian fortitude, longing to 

The above is an extract 'from a ' missP( i thb name3 f som e"of our d ^ a , r A. ,bi9 . rif 5- m a \^ y ^ a ^Mtuii S> 

bona fide letter from one of our subscribers who had vet a credit for .mourn their loss, but we trust onrioss is her 

l i c • A C tl /"»„..,«,.., . J. .„ , great gain, for she was a faithful member of 

agents and a inend oi the tompan- severa i numbers. If notified soon the church for abeut 23 year*. Funeral eer- 

\\\. miltlUi it- ti> .rivp Aiip -it ii i i v j rices by brothers Abner Bowers and Martin 

ion. We publMD it |o gi\e our we will correct all mistakes by send- x„ h er, by the request of th.' ,u,,.i«cd. 
friends a little of the rough side of - mrr t \ ie back numbers, and if we ' Mart a. Himes. 

our experience. cannot do that we will refund the 

In the Ashland branch, Ashland Co., Ohio, 
Dec 8, 1806, Elder JOSEPH SIN WALTER ; 

was a member of the Church 48 rears', and a 
faithful minister for 42 years. Funeral ser- 
vices by brethren Isaac Schmncker, Moses 
Others Whose time did expire With Weaver, and David M. Winner, from 1 Peter 

Brethren have the privilege of balance, if the paper is not desired ^ 

withdrawing their support from the longer 
Companion whenever they think 

they would better do so ; and we volume two may have expected us 1:U > 35> » nd ReT - s 1 A 4 M : l 1 B 3 I ; A honbkbgeb. 

should love them just as Well as if to 8end it On. Such is not Our way In the New Jersey branch, (time not given) 
,. ,, , - , . . . ,.,, , . our aged sister, *NNA TROUT, in her Mtb 

they would Support US ; but We are of doing business. When a SUbSCn- year. She was confined to her bed for a long 

not willing that they shall leave us ber's time is up, we strike his name SBfiS^Tfta^t iT22 

for such flimsy reasons a.s those from our list, unless he notifies us to oom ?> in the *bich she should be freed 

, . i , • i • tronl lne sufferings of this world, and be 

mentioned by the brother, without that he wishes to continue, and un- present with the Lord, which is far batter.— 

at least endeavoring to correct less we forget it, in which case we [//dTii/dT^' " y br ° l " er Israel Pa,,U ° n 

them. We wonder whether those make no further charges. toocHBomm, 

brethren would rather read a bad If a subscriber wishes his paper rjo., p.., No?!ae, lawTbrother* JACOB lk! 

article from a brother than a aood continued he must notify us, and if JEW, srj aged t-j jean, g months, end l 

w ' • i . , . .« , da - vs - Funeral services by Elder Adam 

one copied from an exchange ! We he has not just the money, he may Brown 

have never rejected an article in- send it again. The wiser plan, how 

tended for our naoer exceDt from ever, would be to borrow it from his Jj"e a ^< ^d 24 jean, 10 months, and 9 

ttimiu 101 out j)dpt.i tsAtcpb uoui 1 ii- rtavs - * un,,!:i1 services by brethren Jacob P. 

a conviction of duty to the cause, neighbor, who knows whether he is Lenw and Peter Kauffmau, from 1 Peter 

for the promulgation of which we to be trusted, and who would have * : ~<> 25 - Lanaw. 

are laboring Wo have refused to bett ^ °PP ort u umt ! e8 to J°8 ' h » mem " In the Bngar Creek Branch. 

are laboring, yv e ba\ e relusea to ory if the subscriber should happen of Consumption, brother JOHN McKEY, for! 

publish articles from brethren, and to f ot . lf0t ; t marly of the Vellej of Virginia. Funeral 

we believe we shall find it necessary p ' — 

to refuse others. Some have even II A It It I I . I> . 

faulted us for some which we did Januarj 3rd, by H. It. Holaineer, at bia ns- 

publish. Make it as wo will, we feKrEk^ 8 "" °°* * **** 

expect nothing but a continual war- , u , ,, r , ,, T llu . „„,„,, , ir ,„ n , r 

fare, but we shall triumph, for the BOBBY CHBOM8TEB to mm., n\\. y 


Also, in the same branch. Dee. 15th, 
PETER BAKER, son of Daniel and Catha- 

Lord is with us. 

We prefer articles which express 
good and true sentiments, and ad- 
vocate true and holy principles, 
whether written by brethren, sisters, 
or others. 

Cyrus Hoover, Smithville, Ohio, 
you have a credit of 79 cent* on 
Vol. 8, and we liavr been sending 
the paper. Lot us know soon what 
No. i< mis-ting. 

Henry Stoner, Paleetine, 111.: 

niiL.t give von the Poe( office 

addreu of brother \\ . C. Thormen. 

We have oerer had a line from him. 

services by the brethren. 

D. Browir. 
In the Warriors Mark branch. Hunt 
Co., Pa., January 8th. stater ELIZABETH 
BRA I I' i\ t-ed 76 years, ■ month*, and N 
days. 8he was a consistent member of the 
Ctiurch for many years. Funeral se 

r Jacob Beck aud the Editor, trotm I l or 
5 : 1. 

I» I IS l> . 

In the Anfhwlck bnneh, Huntingdon «'o., 
Pa., Dec. 88, lStiO, of Typhoid ferer, JOHN 
EBT . youngeet too i>i b< 01 hi 1 I 
■later Bueen Ki>\ ; agajdM yeara, I months, 
ami ~l ■ t . 1 % r- . He leaves an aflecliouate wife 
aud four children to inouro tbair kiea, Ha 
w»» an kind father, 

end a good cltleun ; eeleem< 1 >mi loved by 

all who knew him. 11. »n-> til k • 

Si 1 • 'i much, durtug « bleb time ha 
manlfi and an buntbl 

resignation to the a II 
bope "i pardon nmi peaee with God, ami ibr 

follil IDl 

111 be ivea May ( ml ns 

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Number 4. 

tht Companion* 
Hive lit UUa day our daily bread. 

Pilgrim on the owning sand, 

ling through this barren land ; 
D< • 1 the bread of heaven, ^ 

Ab it wa 3 to Israel given I 

Stranger in this darksome vaje, 
Doth thy strength or courage fail ? 
Seek that bread which may be found, 
On the way to Canaan bound. 

Soldier fighting tor the priz". 
Tray'Hn 1 1 I to the -kie--, 

of God the brand of life, 

To renew thy daily btrife. 

Dad] il'food ; 

Do yonr 1 iboi - |oy at 
In llie \iiicyinl oi the Lord I 

Wbea thou baw'al the willing knee, 
Praying God thy sins to free, 
Ask of ITiin thy daily bread, 
'1 hat lb.) -'Mil be richly fed. 

J.'V. liECKLEE. 
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Pot tf*c Cotnpaninn, 
Oh the 1>< utU of < lirist. 

CONGRESS, w.w.v;: CO., OHJ 

Dear Brother; this subject, of all 
others is the mo-t important to the 
Christian. The fear of death is a 
source of uneasiness to the generali- 
ty, and to a guilty conscience it may 
indeed he tcrrihle ; hut to a good 
man it should he obviated by the 
consideration that dentil i-- the ter 
initiation of every trouble ; that r 
puts him beyond the reaeh of sin 
and temptation ; that < Sod fa 
iscd to be with the ri<<: ven 

to the end. Jesu Christ has taken 
SWST the sting of death, Fur: 

the hour of Christ's death says a 

certain writ -r v. a- the most critical. 

the moat pregnant with . 

since hours bad begun to be num- 
bered, since time had begun to run. 
It «a^ the hour in which ' 
glorified \'\ his sufferings. Thro 
the el. mil of |ii s humiliation his 
tivr lustre often broke forth, but 
never did it thine 10 brightli m now . 
It was indeed the hour ot distr 
and of bloed." Thii was the hour 

in which Christ at uud lor llie sins 

of mankind, and accomplished our 
eternal redemption. It was the 
hour when that great sacrifice was 
offered up, the efficiency of which 
reaches back to the first transgress- 
ion of man and extends forward to 
the end of time ; the hour when from 
the cross, as from an high altar the 
blood was flowing which washed 
away the guilt of the nations. In 
this hour the long series of prophe- 
I figures were 
accomplished. This was the centre 
in which they all met. You behold 
the law and the prophets standing, 
if I may so speak, at the foot of the 
Cross, and doing homage. You lie- 
hold Moses and Aaron bearing the 
ark of the covenant ; David and 
Elijah presenting the oracle of 
mony. You behold all the priests 
. all the rites and ordi- 
nances, all tie itibols 
assembled together to receive their 
s the hour of 
the oblation of the law, and the in- 
troduction of the Gospel ; the hour 
of terminating the old and begin- 
ning the new dispensation. " It is 
finished." When he utt< n 1 these 

da he changed the state of ' 
unit erse. 'i bis wa tl • ever-mem 
orable point of time which separated 
the old and the nSW world from 
each other. I F the 

joint of separation you behold the 
law, with its priests, it- sacrifices, 
and its rites, retiring from fight. — 
On the other -\\\.' you behold the 
■:, with it sii;i].ie and venerable . 
institutioi . ad into 

■antly was tl 
.' in twain ; for the 
then dej 
the oherubu 

1 up i. 
Thummim, his 
and hi 
forth as the great high i f all i 

Buoceeding generations. Altars on j 
which the fire had bU 
loke no ■ 

it was al*o that he threw down the 
wall of partition which had so long 
divided the Gentile from the Jew ; 
gathered into one all the faithful, 
out of every kindred and people. — 
This wa* the hour of < tri- 

umph over all the powers of dark- 
IB ; the hour in which he over- 
threw dominions and thrones, led 
captivity captive, and gave gifts un- 
to men; then it was that the founds- 
. of every pa _ pie BBO< k ; 

the statue of every false God totter- 


ed on its base : the priest fled t 
his falling shrine, and the heathen 
oracles became dumb forever ! I 

- the hour when our Lord erected 
that Spiritual kingdom which is nev- 
er to end. His enemies no doubt 
imagined that in this hour they had 
successfully accomplished their plan 
for his distraction ; but the Almighty 
was at that n Betting him i 

king on the hill of /ion. However 
no doubt their 1 mock i 

alty were at that mol 
into the signals of absolul 
and the instrunx Me 

power. Tho < which tb 

thought tigmatise him with 

infamy, became I re- 

I o. It was to be the 

inction of the most powerful 
n I to wave in the I 
ner of victorious armies when the 
memory of Herod U u ld 

givcth i. rictory, 

through our Lord .1 I 

ied by the Chris! 
it decisii 

sure ti.. 

Ill- t 

diem in.- Ian 

IB enein; 

work out ■ iimeiit .; . 

I: oalled and und< 
>'■'• kfa| , ami in ■ 


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a : 

4 ' - 

k\ ble aspect appeared to all it victin 
r l The object 01 (-'!■ 
*/ to fban^e the relations bi 






I man, to remove its terrors 
and make the future world yield a 
prospect of happiness and pleasure. 

lose Limps which yields eternal 

forth thy glasses ; clear thy wondering 

* i 

Millions beyond the former millions rice. 
Look further— millions more hlaze from vou- 
der skies." 

they built spacious cities, and erect 
splendid palaces and temples ; when 
they construct steam engines and 
carriages, and impel! them forward 
with motion of fifty miles an hour. — 
We admire men on account of tele- 

Who can look up to the midnight 
Hub he did, first, by pouring light A v and behold its rolling wonders, graphic operations, where, by pi- 
rave and apon the future without being Bfcruck with astonish- nals, communicationa can be* kept 
he came, all was dark ment at thc idea of that g]vrU g Dp thousands of miles apart in ah 
who formed such vaat and magnif- most a moment of time. But what 
cent works? "Can'st thou, by axe all tip powers and energies of 
find out God ? Can'st man, as displayed in his noblest 
,h0 thou find out the Almighty unfo • devments, compared with the 
*'} lt fection?" There is a length and a magnificence and energies displayed 

the Wi 
men and the future state a thick 

»wn, and the glories 
the one were concealed fr 
blinded vision of the other's. 

Christ hed the world by the breadth, a height and a depth in the throughout the planetary system? 

announcement of a future life, re- perfections of Divinity, which finite What are a few cities, palace* 
dtheWack uncertainty which intelligences will never be able fully temples, compared with the i 
around death, and an: r- to comprehend. Vast and magnifi- sive range over which the sun ex- 

nityinnowfo Beauty and at- cent a* the structure of the Btan his influence? What is the 

" :u-il '■■ ■ '': llls own (lc . ath . ,l0 heavens is, it was produced without motion of a small engine, even at 

subjection, materials— it emerged out of noth- fifty miles an hour, compared with 

im a tyrant to a ser- ing, -j],,. voice of the eternal the" motion of a globe ten thousand 

vant. and now lives to give all hi . an< j j t wag done/' lie com- miles in circumference, flyirg at the 

people deliverance from it -. ma nd< d, and firma- rate of a hundred thousand miles an 

Yours in fellowship of the Gospel. 


Itrie Station, OJ 

For anion. 

Knowledge Connected with Re- 


" For, from thc creation of thc world, his 
. . re cle«r)j secuj 

tarted into being. '-Let there hour? All human art. and power, 

be light and there was light." "By rill< l grandeur muBt hide their dimin- 

the word of thc Lord were the heav- ished heads in the pi of Him 

de ; and all the host of them who is thc former and governor of 

the breath of his mouth." Our Bpaciotts worlds. As the splendor 

admiration of such wonderful works of the stars is absorbed by the rays 

j should lead us to humble ourselves of the sun, so all the grandeur, ] 

in his august presence and to rever- CI *i and splendor of this world and 

ence and adore him as thc uncrea- i ts inhabitants varnish V>efor© tho 

ted source of all felicity. What a presence of Him who is the King 

striking display do such objects Eternal, i ble, and 

they me present of the power and grandeur before whom "All nations arc ac- 

um.cut excuse.- i:. W. rf 0nmipoten £ So frequently « las nothing, and less than 

Thc lofty mountains, and exten- brated by thc inspired writers, nothing and vanit . "Who 

Bive plains, the mass of waters in \ "Great is our Lord, and of great utter the mighty acts of the Lordf" 

thc mighty ocean, the thunders roll- power ; his understanding is infinite; " Great and marvelous are thy 

ing along the sky. the lightnings his greatness is unsearchable ;" won- w&rkt Lord God Almighty." 

from oloud to cloud, the derful works doth he, which we can This attribute of the Almighty so 

hurricane and the tempests, the vol- ]1( , t comprehend. "Who is a strong conspicuously displayed in the h'cav- 

cano vomiting rivers ol fire, and Lord like unto thec'r Who among I ens, lays a sure foundation for the 

the earthquake shaking kingdoms, the sons of the mighty can be liken- { faith and hope, and comfort of the 

and leveling cities with the ground — 0( \ imtl) t i, t . i ,,,.,; -■• '-\\ c , are a j, t to Christian, amidst all thc perplexities 

all proclaim the Majesty of Him. hy be dazsled with the splendor of rich- and afflictions to which he is sub- 

whom the elements of nature are ar- P ^ an( j tn admire, m the palaces of jeeted in the present probationary 

ranged and directed," and seen to t he great, the magnificence of the state. For it assures him that wbat- 

address the t ten in language furniture, the beauty of the apart- ever Jehovah has promised, " he is 

like this: "The Lord reigneth, he ments, and the profusion of gold and *hle to perform. The promi 

ed with majesty ; athis wrath silver ornaments that appear on ev- addressed to us by a wise and be- 

the earth trembles ; afire goethbo ery side. We arc apt to reverence nevolent Being can excite in us 

mighty potentates, when they hoar hope and dependence, only in so far 

er multitudes of subjects, and M we aro convinced of his power to 

., . . secure their accomplishment 

their owni? rwnr* 

fore him, and burnetii up his 

"Let all i/,, earth fear the 
. ht all tlte inhahUanU qf the 
earth ttand in a ■ Uim." 

"( oinc forth, O man ! yon amre 'round sur- 



ise their sway over uaiaiimyc 

•' Omnipotence were not an attnhute 

countries. \\ ( . Judge of the great- of thc Divine Being, or were we un- 

ncss of men by their actions, when able to trace its operations in exist- 






tag faots, we could probably have 
do rational dependence on his prom- 
; and declarations in regard to 
objects which are unseen and eter- 
nal, and which lie beyond the limits 
of human comprehension. But ■■• 
we beh »ld, in the arrangement of 
this lower world, and in the solar, a display of Omnipotent en- 
,• in incessant operations, far be- 
i i the grasp of our limited facul- 
ties, we plainly perceive that there 
is no promise recorded in Divine 
revelation, nor a future fact de- 
clared, but is within the power of 
Jehovah fully to accomplish and re- 
alize. "He doeth according to his 
will in the army of heaven, and 
among the inhabitants of the earth : 
and none can stay his hand, or say 
unto him, 'What doest thou?" 
Should afflictions assail us, he is 
ablo to comfort and to support. — 
■Should calamities befall us, or dan- 
gers surround us, he is able to de- 
liver. Should death stare us in the. 
e, and heart and flesh begin to 
faint and fail, he is able to transport 
our spirits to a nobler scene of exis 
tence, and re-animate our mortal 
frames at the resurrection of the just. 
Happy, then, is the man, and the 
woman too, who has this eternal 
1 for his refuge, '• whose hope u 
in the Lord hie Ghd: which made 
heaven and earth, the sea, and ail 
that therein is : which keopetb truth 
forever." For he " is able to d i 
ing abundantly above all 
that we or thin' >rd- 

ing to the working of his mighty 
powec, whioh he wrought in I 
when be raised him from th 
and set him at his own right hand 
in the heavenly place." •■ l > give 
thanks unto the Lord, for i 
for his mercy endureth forever." 
y, i /. 

(Selection* from Sorap*Book. 

I : , . v, . 

A kind w »rd and | 

. ,• t . give ; bo li 
with them >rth moi 

m •>!!<•;, . 

What i world of ,"- ip would be 
nt <•• I if it was emomber- 

•d that i person who t. U 

the faults of others, intends to tell 
others of your faults. 

Despise not thy mother when she 
is old. Age may wear and waste a 
mother's beauty, strength, limbs, 
sense and estate ; but her relation 
a-: mother is as the sun when it goes 
forth in its might, for it is always 
in the meridian and knoweth no 
evening ; the person may be gray 
headed, but her motherly relation is 
ever in its flourish. It may be au- 
tumn, yea winter with a woman, but 
with the mother, as mother, it is al- 
ways spring. Alas, how little do 
we appreciate a mother's tenderness 
while living ! How heedles ; we are 
in all her anxieties and kindness ! 
But when she is dead and gone, 
when the cares and coldness "of the 
world come withering to our hearts, 
when we experience how hard it is 
; to find true sympathy — how few will 
befriend us in misfortune — then it 
is that we think of the mother that 
| we have lost. 

A Minister preaching on the sub- 
jject of misrepresentations and slan- 
der, said : "When professors of re- 
ligion so far degrade themse! ■ 
their profession as to attempt to in- 
jure others by lying and misr 
sentations, th lid remember 

that when the devil was disputing 
with Moses, the Lord would nol 
mit the arch-angel to bring a railing 

o o o 

accusation against the devil: and 
until they can prove that the indi- 
vidual they wish to injure is worse 
than the devil, and they theme 

ettor than the arch-angel, the 
Bible requires them to ! 
tongue an 1 mind their own 

A gen r is man will place the 
th his feet 
— those be I • his 


something I true 

Christian. Let that never b 
gotten. To I nominal 

christian, and 
au 1 easy worli , B it I • b (ar < 'hriat s 

1 Ihrist, ami b< 
in Christ, and oonfei - < !hri I 
quires much si-li'l. uial. It will 
ml our self 

worldline&d. All all musl 

en up. Wo must fight an enemy, 
who comes against us with twenty- 
thousand followers. 
Love your enemies. 

Angry words arc lightly spoken. 

In a rash and thoughtless hour ; 
Brightest links of love arc broken. 
By their deep insidious power : 

spired by warmest reeling, 
r before by anger stirred ; 
Oft are rent past human healing 
By a single angry word. 

Poison — drops of care and sorrow, 

Bitter poison drops are they ; 
Leaving for the coming morrow 

Saddest memories of to-day. 
Angry words, O let them never 

From tho tongue unbridled 6)ip ; 
M iv the heart's best impulse ever 

Cheek them ere they goil the lip. 

Love is much too pure and holy, 

Friendship Is too sacred far, 
For a moment's reckless folly 

Thus to desolate and mar. 
Angry words are lightly spoken, 

Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred ; 
Brightest links of love are broken 

By a single angry word. 

"A m in there was, though some did count 

him mad, 
The more he gave away, the more he had. - ' 

Many have learned of the Lord 
to be charitable, and have foun I by 
experience that they have gained 
thereby. "There is that scattereth, 
and yet increaseth; and tht 
tvit/t/ioIJeth mart than . kit it 

h to poverty." (Wehave 
erified.) there is that maketh 
If rich, yet hath nothing ; there 
is that maketh himself poor yet hath 
great rich r. 11: 24 ;1 

I ITS of 1. 

the poor, shall have as much a 
and ten times more. 

[f you love life .1 . under 

for it is the material « 
life is made of. 


• Tin: Makitk.- When 
brought to B 

tO him, • in J I 1 ]) 

I him," re] 
ing for me I 

bim? 1 tell too frank); . l am a 
Christian." For th: 


Tin: Bible w 

plain man would t. 

1 them. 




SI re 11 Kill 

iii M caUiM'-s. 

:i N 1 OF A l.l-.l 1 1 ill TO \ BBLOV- 

BD n.i.i.'W-rii.uniM in nit; MAN- 

in m ii. mi>. 

Trial i- 5 the crucible of the Al- 
mighty, Dot only to tost his children, 
bat to burn out the dross of self, 
runl brighten his own image in their 
souls. The blessed, Christ -honor- 
in' result of affliction is, to make 

dearer, his service SWi 
his promisee more precious, and bia 
ipremerj enthroned in 
the heart. Hi- saints have greater 
for gratitude on account of 
"dark and cloudy days,*" than thou- 
sands for uninterrupted sun-hine. — 
Many B saint whose life has been a 
of almost continuous suffering 
and sorrow, inwoven with many deep 
shadows of gloom, has testified that 
if they could step back to the place 
of beginning, with the knowledge 
derived from experience, they would 
a thousand times rather pass again 
through all their soul-tortures, than 
be allowed to follow the course and 
live the life they had marked out 

and anticipated in the untempered 
glow of youth. You have fought 
your way against mighty odds, in 
one sense, with a host of others, but 
the blessed fact that you have had 
i itii. r as a proffered help,* or 
an actum u has made your 

weakness in every conflict the condi- 
tion of Strength and victory. 

It is often said that out of death 
comes life, but as a positive matter 
of fact fchi • r the case. Nei- 

ther is death the g< rm of life, as un- 
aanotified philosophy asserts, nor is 
germ of fife mi death. When 
w \\heat, or eorn, or some oth- 
er gram, we sow, not chat which is 
. but that which i> ( •»/>•/. It is 
, but death 
i- not a primal eat*«< of germinati in 
but the condition. When Christ lay 
in the . there waj no lingering 

element in his remain- that could be 

1 into life. //-• was d> 
The Itfi was M>A#% extinct, and had 
•n into the bodj , and could 
ibly be relumed like a spark 

that lies hidden and smouldering in 
: ). Life could enter into 

■ ly and qttich n that which was 

dead, but could not spring up inside 

the realm of death. Christ's life 
dt ith was a redemptive life. 

This he had to sacrifice as an atone- 
ment. His life after the resurrec- 
tion was a glorified life, and this 
came through or by death, and not 
out of death ; that is, there was in j 
his body nothing that could be fos"- 
kered into life. In sowing grain, 
nun select that only which has a 
vital germ, and depend on proper 
conditions for its fructification, Put 
( 'hritt, as to one side of his human 
nature, was absolutely dead, and his 
resurrection was not dependent on 
the supply of conditions from with- 
out to develop a vital germ within, 
but on the- actual entrance and in- 
habitation of Eternal Life. I have 
power to lay it down, and I have 
power to take it up again, is his own 
averment. Christ never displayed 
greater strength than when he was 
tvithout strength. A giant in the 
full vigor of health and manhood, 
may well do great exploits ; but what 
of a dead man? A." dying infant 
can raise its hand, but a dead ath- 
lete is powerless. When hell had 
apparently triumphed, and the Xaz- 
arine was dead and buried, and his 
grave sealed and guarded, and his 
overthrow seemed complete, lo, he 
bursts from the tomb, with all the 
majesty and Terror of a God ! — 
Christ was strongest when he was 
st. This explains the words 
of Paul in 2 Cor. 12: 9, 10. All 
true believers know this experimen- 
tally, although they may never dream 
of its Divine Philosophy. 

Never are we Btronger in that 
which endures the final crisis, than 
when we are ''without strength." — 

Thank God for trials, and " pray 
without ceasing'' for grace to sancti- 
fy them. 


Union / Pa, 

For the <''niijianion. 
Avoidable Ignorance i* no excuse 
lor Error or ibr .Sin. 

There is a way which scemeth right unto 
a man, but the ends thereof are the ways of 
death. Prov. 14 : [9. 

Dear brethren and sifters ; When 
we take a view of the world at large 
and hear them conversing concern- 
ing the revelation handed down from 
heaven to man by our heavenly Fa- 
ther, we frequently hear it remark- 
ed that it matters little what a man 
believes, if he is only sincere ; and 
that it is of not much consequence 
what he does so that he does what 
he thinks to be right. I have no 
doubt in my mind but that the wise 
man had reference to this in the 
text under consideration. The rea- 
son that this way ends in death is 
because it is not the teaching of the 
word of God, however plausible it 
may appear at the first glance. It 
has no more foundation in reason 
than revelation. Reason as well as 
revelation requires right' faith, right 
opinions and right conduct, einoc 
ignorance will no more excuse a 
man or procure an exemption from 
punishment, if he ' break the laws of 
God, than if he would violate the 
laws of our country. Our country 
has certain conditions to be 
, ed, and if we comply we stand ap- 
proved. So in the gospel of salva- 
tion. God requires certain condi- 
tions to be fulfilled in order to make 
our peace, calling;, and election sure. 
If we wish to reaeb the haven of the 
sons of God, or become a king or 

And every discipline which bring3 priest in the heavenly Jerusalem we 

must comply with the conditions of 
the gospel. It is not enough for 
him to do what he thinks is right ; 
he must do what is right in fact. It 
is not enough for him to think that 
he is doing right but he must actu- 
al!]/ <l' it. u he 'd ecei v e s himself 
or i- deceived by the cunning of de- 
vices of that old serpent who is nev- 
er idle, or is deluded by his spiritu- 
al advisers, it matters not how hon- 
est or how confident may be his con- 


us into straits from which we are as 

powerless to extricate ourselves, as 

a dead man is to resuscitate himself, 

When Christ lay is a greater mercy than all other 

mercies combined, save the ;//•<'■•<■ 
that sends the discipline. Sickness, 
pointment, bereavement, "cru- 
el mockings," crushing trials, and 
agonizing lacerations of heart, are 

- that lead to weaknetS and 
death : and weakness is the t 
tion of strength, and death of life. 




viction that he is safe. His hope 
may he as bright, hia confidence as 
firm, his conscience as easy as that 
of the true follower of the meek and 
lowly lamh of God ; hut when the 
dark clouds rise, when "the Lord 
.Jesus Christ shall he revealed from 
heaven with his mighty angels, in 
flaming fire, taking vengeance on 
them that know not God and that 
obey not the gospel of our Lord Je- 
sus Christ, who shall be punished 
with everlasting destruction from 

For the Companion. 
Cherish a Forgiviug Spirit. 

What a beautiful sentiment; to 
cherish a forgiving spirit towards 
our fellow mortals. Can that man 
be a true christian who is not imbu- 
ed with that holy spirit. Consider 
first our natural position in regard 
to our carnal relations to man. — 
What is more pleasing, more impos- 
ing, than to behold two men, one 

tears, asking forgiveness, for we 
know it is impossible for us to pay 
what we owe. But what will be our 
portion if we do not cherish a for- 
giving spirit towards our brethren ; 
will not the Lord say unto us : "Thou 
wicked servant, I forgave thee all 
that debt because thou desirest me." 
Can we then in the least expect that 
the Savior will forgive and have 
compassion on us if we do n 

acknowledging, the other forgiving a give our Brethren '.' 

fault. But when we come to exam 


the presence of the Lord, and from inejt,inji„spiritual . lj^ht, it becomes 
the glory of his power," then the ex- | ten-fold more imposing ; it then be- 
pcetation of the wicked shall perish i comes' an essential qualification to 
and his hope shall be like the every true christian man and wo- 
giving up of the ghost. The Bible i man. -And no true christian is with- 
gives no license to man to set up his I out this spirit. This sentiment was 
own standard of duty or of faith, of very frequently taught by our Sav- 
doctrine, or of practice. It is the i'r in parables. Christ cherished 
common complaint of the scriptures and exercised it toward all men. — 
against those whom God condemns - Was there ever such a compassion- 
that they walked every one accord- j ate and forgiving expression as this, 

( 'entrt vilh . In I. 


Tyrone City, Pa., Jan. 22, 1867. 


Brother Holringer : — L 
have 1 felt the importance o[ the 
Savior's declaration: "Go ye there 
ing to the imagination of his own i tfhile suffering the most excruciating fore and teach all nations, baptising 
heart, that they walked according to j pains ever imposed on any human them in the name of U . and 

their own devices. They substitut- j being : when even God had forsaken of the Son. and vi' the liolv Gb. 

him, as it were, while taking upon Dear brethren and sisters in the 
himself the very sins of his inhuman Lord, this is one of the l 
persecutors, he cried: "Lord for- tive commands the Savior ever ut- 
give them for they know not what tered, and it it not the least heark- 
thoy do." ened to. W ommanded to go 

Let us turn to the 18th chapter to all nations. Bon far we are be- 
of Matthew, 21st verse, where l'e- hind in this calling. How mai 
bar came unto the Lord and said, our able and efficient i 
"I, m I how oft shall my brother sin until they are called for, to go to a 

certain place, or places. 
there i such kq 

in the text. But it is to -ti 
How many th 
•peat annually i 

. even by brethren, and thous- 
more for the worth! 
for other luxti; 1 the 

■/ perhaps never 
t t. Here in the southern 

boundaries of 
other n 


ed other things for the command 
ments of God. 

They may have been sincere, they 
may have been honest, they may 
have thought they were right. For 
"there is a way that seemeth right 
unto a man, hut the ends thereof 
are the ways of death." But it is 
not enough that the way tiemeth 

right, but it must be right in fact. — ' against me ami 1 forgive him ! Till 
It must not only seem right in their seven times?" For it appears that 
sight, but it must be right in the this was the custom of 10010 of the 
sight of God. in this enlightened Jewish nations, to forgive their IV I - 
com. try it is our own fault if we arc low men whenever they came and 
tved, deluded, or ignorant of repented, tiil seven, times, and no 
the command- of God. For the oftoner. But what was th" answer 

Prophet Micah (6 : S,) says: '• he the Savior gave unto Peter! li h •( 

has shewed thee, () man what is until seven times, hut until seventy 

good; and what doth the Lord re- times seven." Which did not im- 

ijuiiv of thee, hut to do just ly , and ply that he should forgive him just 

to love mercy, and to walk numbly four hundred and ninety times, and 

with thy God." But instead of talc- bo more; but to forgive him as of 

ing God at his word weaaki will ten as be manifested ■ repenting and multiplied thous 

the Lord be pleased with thousands spirit. In theaame obapter we h „.],. 

of rams or with ten thousand ofriv- a parable which fully j 

•w of oil. shall l l'ivc my Brat necessity of frank, opemiearted for allj * their right I. 

born for my trail ins, tho fruit giveness. We are* in the same poai from their left, while multitude 

tion as that servant. W< our white race. In rn in the 

debt of gratitude to the L ir I . n n rtates nei 

than WO can BUmb whet!.. 

it, what DM we do ! We foil a* the !. I 

feet of J, pship him with -' ites. \\ . • 


of my body for the in of my soul ': 
Athland, Ohio. 

m m - 

Shun evil oompai 



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r million pr 
for whom Christdied, go down 

to the Mini, r- 

among us. and we stand silently bj '. 
0, my dear brethren, let us be op 
and aoti\ I in our Mas- 

The Catholics are patting forth 
every em send their I 

- athern States. While 
1 claim that nothing but the I 
and a I the troths it contains, 

c.ui lave tiii- people. Then onward 
v.- heralds of truth, save I Bare the 
drowning erne from the burning 
w rook. 

o brethren will you not all come 
to the reacue ! 1 know that 

. amiable part in the 

• of the Gospel, who have 
forth weeping, bearing precious 

seed. But they hare gone to rich- 
er pastun t until the end of 
the days, (tad then they shall doobt- 
<.ii. with rejoicing bring- 
ing their sheaves with them. 

Dear brethren, as 1 feel the im- 
portance of Baving souls by preaeb- 
e word, let me, unworthy as I 

• rt you who have not done, 
nor felt it your duty, in this respect, 
to seriously consider; and promptly 

iring the kingdom of 
Christ. It you, in the North, and 
. and Bast, will come here into 
our Southern States, we will vouch 
iu, that you will not be molest- 
ed, hut receive the kindest of treat- 
ment, if you show yourselves work* 
men, that need not be ashamed, 
rightly dividing the word of truth. 
,v our shore. 
While large onw >n-»v vauiom more." 
Our predecessors brought the 
d,,,] . the hlue waters of the 

Atlantic and Bhall we he content 
until we send it across the Pacific, 
and into the isles. Upon an evan- 
gelical ministry, and the sanctified 
depends the salvation of the 
Grace of God. And 
a> our husbandman has given every 
man his work, and commanded the 
ii, while he himself has 
taken bis journey into * far country. 
When he comes again to reckon with 
, yon think will be the 
who 1; 

a m-rk in the world or in the 

church for good .' How often 

just al .. r *ular meeting, 
that there is a long bench full of 

hers, and if one, or two, or 
of that number speak, and 
should not more than that 
number speak, if they do, they go 
beyond the Apostolic order, the oth- 
er ministering brethren sit silently 

'•When it has been declared, 
"Why stand ye here all the day 
idle," when just over yonder, per- 
haps twenty miles, the brethren nev- 
er have been heard preach. When 
the apostle says: "Be ye not sloth- 
ful in business ; but fervent in spir- 
eving the Lord." 
Then let this be our every resolve 
that by she grace of God i will re- 
form, and do more good this year, 
than I ever have done before. I 
pray God he may stir up your minds 
as to these things. For he has giv- 
en to each of us ou! - work, and shall 
we look for a reward, not having 
done our duty, and our whole duty ! 
I' verily believe we are not only re- 
sponsible for the manner in which 
we improve our talents, but also the 
amount of improvement. Then in 
conclusion I would say "Go ye." — 
And do not wait to be called, think- 
ing how shall 1 be clothed, or how 
shall I be fed, "for the laborer is 
worthy of his meat." And if he is 
worthy of it he will be sure to get 
it, if he trusts in God. There are 
too many who call themselves minis- 
ters, that must first know how much 
they are to get, before they know 
whether it will pay. May this nev- 
er be the case with our brethren. — 
Hut may they, with zeal, tempered 
with Godly fear, trusting in the 
Lord, go forth, in evangelizing the 
world, rout the enemy, and BCOnt 
the adversary, until victory shall be 
won, the crown obtained, heaven 

-ed. Ami for all this be the 
praise given to our God who is strong 
nd mighty to deliver. 


Fr, , dom, Tom. 

wife for the cause of fornication, 
leaving all others out of the qnes 
that separates : because it i-, \ 
plain that it' either of them man 
again, while their companion i3 
alive, that they do commit adultery ; 
because they are one flesh and are 
bound t tgether by the law of God, 
and nothing can make them twain 
hut. fornication or death. But in 
what sense is she his wife, or he her 
husband, if either of them commits 
this ahorani I '.' Is she still 

his wife'.' Are they one flesh? 
"What, know ye not that he which 
is joined to a harlot is one body." 
1 Oor. '.• : ll). Is be bound to nour- 
ish an 1 cherish her as the Lord does 
the Church, when she is put aws 
1> she not more of one flesh with her 
paramour ? But if it can bo shown, 

tclusively, that they are one when 
i- put away, then of course he 
has no right whatever to marry 
again, and I will not argue that it 
is expedient Pot him to do so ; but 
until it is shown they are one, as 
the Lord has required them to be. I 
must hold that brother Moomaw was 
about right when he said that those 
that were put away, the Lord gave 
no further directions about them, or 
words to this effect. 


Poplat Grove, lnd. 

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Elder Gray hill Myers, the Lord 
willing, will arrive at Bayard Station, 
P. C.'ll. IL. on the Lull (in the 
evening) of February next. Broth- 
er G. M. intends remaining in this 
arm of the Church two weeks from 
the time above named. On Satur- 
day evening the 23rd he and I in- 
tend holding or commencing 
ties of meetings near Bristol, in the 
Keggy Bohool house. Trumbull I 


M mltrie, < >hi<>. 

Brother Holtinger : Permit me to 
ask a few questions through your 
kind paper from those that have 

anything further to say on the sub- 

f a brother tiiat puts away his 


A Suggestion. 

At the suggestion of Klder Isaac 
Myers. 1 will propose a plan t > the 
brethren and listers of Middle l'a. 
District, for raising funds to defray 
the liabilities oflast Annual .Meet- 
ing. Brother MLvom' proposition is, 
to get the number of members in 






\ each branch, and equalize the in- 
amoDg the different 

branches in the district, according 
to their numerical strength or num- 

all things were made by him." The 
1'salmi-t declared : " Ot" <A<1 hflst 
thou laid the foundations of the 
earth, and the heavens are the 

ber of members. To my mind thia works of thy hands." The Apostle 
itc objectionable. We all Paul declared : "Thou God, in the 

plan ia quite objectiohabl 
know that strength does not always 
consist in numbers : whether ecclesi- 
astical, political or civil. I think 
\vc could find some individual breth- 
ren, who, if their property was fair 

rativc and work of the specified days 

commenced. "The earth wtu with- 
out form and void," or, as it lias 
sometimes been translated : "After- 
ward the earth became desolate and 
Now we believe the mate- 
rial of the earth to have been cre- 
ated long before Moses' record of 
the six cUv 

and that the work then enurat. 
was a rearrangement, or renovation 
preparatory for animals and man ; 
and that the six days wherein this 
work was performed were limited to 
twenty-four hours each. Scripture 
does not inform us how lon<: the 

beginning, hast laid the 'fouudations 

of the earth." 
These expressions evidently imply 

a very high antiquity, and not the 

limited period of nearly iix thous- 
ly valued, would be found to own as and years. The plans of the Al- 
much property, as some individual mighty in creating are churacteris 
branches do 'collectively that may tic of progressive improvement to- 
Dumber -10 or 50 members. But ward perfection. This everything 
the plan that 1 propose is the apos- demonstrates plainly around us at 

tie Paul's plan. "Let resent. And look forward a little \ earth continued desolate and waste, 

ym lay by him in ft >re at God hath into the future and consider the ■ neither does it inform us whether 
red him." But notwithstand- Millennial Era, and the general res- of animated beings occupied it 

bag, that he gave us the above plan, urrection. But the chief desig efore it became void. But it is 

ae system whereby moses ws e a narration of I highly probable that myriads of 

to carry it out, "so that there may those events which were introductory its desolation, numer- 

be an equality." Then I would to the placing of man upon the Ions orders of intelligences existed 

-e that each member owning earth. Hence he had to com;: aid were after 

property to the amount of an Era, or a series of successive 

(lower we Bbould not begin) char events. We believe then that the 
of all encumbrances, should layby narrative from the second verse of 
him To cents, and so on in the same ' on through the six da 

ratio, 25 cents for every $100, of work, was d in time to cor- ill then' occupy it. Bui 

her real valuation. Then the respond with the revolution of th< insignificant worms in com- 

one worth $4000, would paj .-1". earth on its axis, and with our r« the Deity, cannot under- 

and if any should be found worth oning. It is expressly said that Btand all his operations and designs 

We read in the 
elations of a new heaven and a new 
earth after the general confl 
very likely that 

because they are . and 

"his v finding out." M Cana't 

thou by searching find out the 

slM.iiliO, (which I think will) arith- "the evening and the morning were 

metic would -how me that their quo- tiie first day," &C, though the 

to will he .-100. By carrying out was not appointed "to ruts the d 

Paul's plan, under the above sysr and to he for signs and Be i 

teni, we will, not only liquidate the lor days and years," until the fourth the designs of the Almightj 

debt resting on the district, but have dayj yet the Aim as high as the 

a handsome sum left for the Mission- doubt, specified each day to twenty- than hades; then. 

four !, 

teaches us that the fossi] pctrifa< 
ted in I 

ary tund. It will take hut a 
time for i ach member to make an 
mate sufficiently correct ; hut in 
doing so, let us remember what U down from 1000 to 1200 feet below 
recorded in Acts 5 : of Ananias the surface ot' the earth, must have 
end Saphira, and that the crime the j a gradual work of perhaps 

stood charged with was "Lying to myriads oi years, Fossil remains 
the Holy tfhott" and consisted in ot gigantic animals ha been 

bringing a pari as the whole. 

Newry, Pa. 

found, measuring in length . 

I 1" feet, and girth l."> feet. 

Of such living animals we have do 

: i within six thou 

lleKrew term " |. u; \" t 


Audwcr to brother Sharp's Qnerj . 

Mo i ipecified no definite period 

as to the oominonoomi nt of th* i tiling* 

I creation. Ih -..;. : " /// tit, .. ifies, " to an 

beginning Hod created the heaven \. oodel something whioh 

and the earth." John the Evangel was previously iu existehoi 
istaaya; m In tht beginning was the the second rerae express!) te 

WOfd, and the WON tPOff God, and that the earth when ill 

• than the earth and 1 . 
than t 


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ift<i- Uohinger; I' 

will he i: 
brethren to I. 

part of God's m iral » ine) ai I. 
are, in this braneh ef Ui 
about 66 members, all told I 

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the ministry . On th. : i this 


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In ill.- EU< k « reek branch, Frankl 

the hi ii f January, HENRY KI8ER, 

■ months, and 81 (lav-. Ii. 

• pitiful wife. and. two little daughters, 
of a kind husband and 
affectionate father; The w if'' of the deceased 
is a daughter of l);i\ i.i and slater Sarah I 

irge Mourer 
and friend Toblat BLrlder, fron Heb. 9 : 37. 
K. B. Coup. 
••Visitor" i Ii ■■> e copy. 

bing at 11 A.M. and at night 
with \ ; thiWC were 

nine .. baptism : besidet . 

tlu> brethren and much 

1. We can truly Bay, we 
lifted l *l rether in 

heavenly places in Ohrist Jesus. 
Wr will ber i brethren Her- 

Mid Yonnce, that the) members' UaJToTmoneja received, fo7subscription 

iii the Ooi pur last. 

Oous 8 S Touch, in Usl of No. 1, 

should be Susani inch, N orris, 111. 

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feel (nil- ou tor 

your ardent labors in the vineyard 
of the Lord, while with us. Many 

••tin.': i up from this 


ra fraternally, 


The letter containing the above 
was missent '.•■ Tyner City, 1ml. . and 
received just in time for tins issue; 
hence it- late appearance. 

■ UnUinger : — We have 
■s of i: in the dif 

: oar vicinity 
Binee brother Nicholson left us, at 
which brother .Nicholas Brubaker 
officiated r. lie preached 

at five different Bchool-hoBeejB. He 
came here aa a recruiting officer, so- 
liciting men and women to enlist un- 
der the banner of king Jesus, and 
we hope I ii rei eive 

jn-t consideration inasmuch as that 
did banner has been waving 
during &3t eighteen hundred 

years. Judging from the good or- 
der and attendance we think that 

g 1 ii, ii have been made. 

Brother Brubaker will please accej.t 
our thanks for Ins visit and words of 
encouragement. May we all event- 
ually become recipient of endless 


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A s Bechtel, Williamsburg, Pa 
Rillie Longeaeeker, Wbodberry, Pa. 
John Brillhard, Chaffield, 
Henry Elarshberger, Salem, 111 
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Number 5. 

the Companion. 
Pilgrim's Soiig- 

i city here, 
our Savior dear, 
.) elad ! 
>ns of the blest 
'it eternal 

cannot molests 
• re's our home. 

lims, let us journey on, 

::0t ; 

ill soon be run, 
lought, ha jht ; 


haa seen tl 

■1: IV, 

n ill l>c o'er, 
■ DO more ; 
happv ho::. 

This world has uout;ht to claim our love, 

Our ! 


• \ abode ! 

I his foes, 



■ us of this . II bo 

When all 1 be free, 

Bl< I 

«.. n ZOLLER8. 

Whut shall I <!<». Nark 10: IT. 

'l'hi.i is a r« tion, 

affair* life, but mu< : 

when asked in reference to life 
nal. God requires service of his 
creature man : how try is 

it, then, that ' rin that 

tion then having 
• the e which 

tin- Lord requi dd be inl 

i often be 
hall 1 d hoold 

• man who never ask- 
(* ed this question, nor reflects upon 
I j it, is li'.t likelj to I much en> 

I T < • 

. do ( rod'( . i •"■ must know the 

will of God, and to know this we 
must often ask and answer in the 
light of the holy Scriptures. We 
have many examples of persons ask- 
ing this question, recorded in the 
New Testament. One is found in 
the Scriptures, placed at the head 
of this article. This young man 
seems to he in great earnest ; he 
came in great haste, even running, 
and he kneeled before the Savior 
and exclaimed, "Good Master, what 
shall I do, that I may inherit eter- 
nal life ?" On another occasion at 
the day af Pentecost we rea I 
great multitude saving, "men and 
brethren what shall we do.*' When 
Saul was brought to the ground and 
convinced that Jesus was the Christ 
he said what shall I do Lord. 

The interest which persons feel 
for salvation D rally he learn- 

ed from the manner in which they 
treat the answer given to the ques- 
tion. In the example of the young 
man that bmm to Jesus, there 
not sufficient interest felt. No doubt 
he was sincere when he propounded 
lestion to the Savior. He de- 
enjoy eternal life and was 
anxious to know what 
for him to do, in order to obtain 
that crreat bl- But when Je- 

ill that thou hast and 
>or, and thou shah have 
res in heaven, B 

take up thj i I follow me," 

think thi taking 

i and 

.way grieved, lie had much 

feeling on the subj hence he 

was v< -wful, but still hi 

igh, or he did m I 

How many 
And in this our 
of the * orld, who seem and 


M follies of the ■■• 

up th 

i hut still 


they will not obey. They seem to 
say the Lord has required too much. 
This shows that they do not feel the 
amount of interest in the subject 
that they should. If they did. 
would be willing to give up all for 
Christ and his holy cause. They 
would make any sacrifice that the 
Lord demands in order to obtain 
eternal life. In the case of the three 
thousand. There was no hesitation, 
no going away sorrowful ; the 
just right on the subject, hence they 
received I -tion, 

what shall I do, with great joy, and 
they complied with it the same day. 
So in the ease of >aul ; he felt deep 
interest in the matter of his - 
tion. and when the Lend told him 
what to do, he did it He 

••1 was not 

heavenly vision." 

in referei the jailor and his 

family : tl id the Gospel the 

same hour of the night in which they 

.' did 

ly what "must we do," out of 
vain curiosity. They. darn- 

ed in regard to their condition 
.red sal ■ ■ 

. hence the promptness with 
which they complied with the doc- 
trine given. 

This question implii men- 

tal agony, whi 

pounded s\ith a determination to 
comply with divini 
given. Who the feel- 

f the three th. q the 

: . when th 
pierced in their I 

ling of the 
felt gi 
with Saul ; n. 

should d ( 

law the) mu ^ 

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:uii8t perform, in order to ob- And as God has connected these or- not now claim and perform what the 

tain the remission of their sin?. — dinances together, man cannot put Blessed Redeemer said his followers 

Then all that is contained in the apos- them asunder. Every anxious in- ] should do in his name ; for he said 

answer was tc be done, in order fairer should consider well what the unto them, "and, lo, I am with you 

to obtain the remission of their sins. Lord requires of him when he says always, even unto the end of the 


sink of this carefully and 
rfully, and then read the an- 
swer, viz. : "Repent and be baptis- 
ed every one of you, in the name of 
Jesus Christ, for the remission of 
shall receive the gift 

of Christianity 

to think that they Lave discov 

ered a universal remedy for all 

: they seem to give the same 


direction to every convert 


and faith alone appears to be the 
remedy. Now. dear reader, faith is 
good in its proper place, but the 
- more of his subjects 
than faith alone. The Lord re- 
quires that we put our faith into 
practice by obeying his commands, 

•.'lie three thousand did when they 
inquired "men and brethrenwhat shall 
we d They hud obtained faith 

under the preaching of the apostles, 
and they ask what works they must 
do to prove their faith. Some ap- 
pear to think that prayer alone is all 
that is necessary, but tho Gospel re- 
quires more than prayer alone. We 
learn from the case of Saul that he 

- engaged in prayer, and no doubt 
very earnestly, perhaps for three 
days and nights, yet the Lord told 
Ananias to tell him what was necess- 
ary. He said unto him, "why tari- 
est thou, arise and be baptized, and 
wash away thy sins, calliug on the 
name of the Lord." 

Cornelius was a man that prayed 
always, and gave much alms, yet 
this man was not justified by pray- 
er alone, but the Lord demanded 
more of him. Prayer is good in its 
place ; hence we understand from 
the different cases that we have be- 
fore us for our consideration, I 
the Lord requires that we yield obe 
dience to his Divine law, in its prop- 
er connection, in order that we may 
obtain admittance into the Church 

i. .-loin of Christ our Lord. — 
Tin to sum up the 

whole we find that it requires 

what shall I do to be saved, 

Reader, what ground do you oc- 
cupy ? Examine yourself with your 
real condition before God. Let the 
question "Good Master what shall I 
do to inherit Eternal Life" sink 
deep into your heart, and take the 
advice given to persons in the same 
condition that you stand before 
in relation to your salvation, and be 
faithful until death, and Jesus says 

Faith, you shall have a crown of life. 


Brooklyn, 1> 

* — 

For the Companion. 
The Lotft Power. 

Broth Kit Holsixger : — A writer 
in the Companion of the 8th inst., 
has written on the same subject that 
I did in the previous paper. As I 
consider the principle involved of 

L \ faith i n ! ' ; " vv " r 'l of God, repentance Church ? There 
^ , . o, all in connection. — the question naturally ai 


world." What right has brother 

, or any one else to change 

the commission of the Lord and Mas- 
ter from a literal to a spiritual 
sense ? He admits that it was liter- 
ally fulfilled or performed in the 
apostles' time, but that we now only 
enjoy it spiritually. I admit both, 
but why do we only enjoy it spiritu- 
ally now ? I answer : because we 
do not exercise the necessary faith 
to do the works which should follow 
those that believe in him. We read 
in the 17th chapter of Matthew's 
Gospel that a demoniac was brought 
to the disciples, but they could not 
cure him. When brought to the 
Lord, he "rebuked the devil, and he 
departed out of him." The disci- 
ples took Jesus apart to know why 
they could not cast the devil out ? 
And Jesus said unto them, "Because 
vital importance to the Church of of your unbelief : for verily I say 
Christ ; I desire to critically exam- unto you, if ye have faith as a grain 

ine brother 's position, to see if p of mustard seed, ye shall say unto 

it be tenable or not. After Jesus this mountain, remove hence to yon- 
had commanded them what to do, der place, and it shall remove, and 

nothing shall be impossible unto 
you. Howbeit this kind goeth not 
out but by prayer and fasting." So 
we see that even at the time the 
Savior was with his disciples their 
faith would occasionally grow weak. 
Has God's arm been shortened since 
that period ? Is the Holy Spirit 
less potent now than then ? We 
answer, no, no. Then why construe 
a portion of the commission literally 
and a part spiritually ? I answer, 
because the church does not exercise 
that living — saving faith it is their 

privilege to do. Brother 's 

theory is the theory of the entire 
pedo-baptist churches. They say it 
is all to be taken allegoric-ally. I 
am unwilling to give up a single jot 
or tittle of the commission. If the 
Church will live, pray and exercise 
faith as designed by the Blessed 
Savior, we will yet sec the power 
regained by the Church, and skep- 
• to the wall. 

Johntville, Md. 

he said : "Pie that believeth, and is 
baptized, shall be saved ; but he that 
believeth not shall be damned. — 
And these signs shall follow them 
(not the apostlca') that believe : In 
my name shall they cast out devils ; 
they shall speak with new tongues," 
&c. " So then, after the Lord had 
spoken unto them, he was received 
up into heaven, and sat on the right 
hand of God. And they went forth, 
and preached everywhere, the Lord 
working with them, and confirming 
tho word with signs following." — 
'•When the seventy returned again 
with joy, saying. Lord, even the dev- 
il- are subject unto us through thy 
name," The Lord said, "Behold I 
give unto you power to tread on 
serpents and scorpions, and over all 
the power of the enemy, and nothing 
shall by any means hurt you." — | 
What portion of God's word can be 
produced to prove that said power 
ignedly taken from the 
is nunc. Then 
why \ 






For the Companion. 

Knowledge Connected with Re- 

Number hi. 

" For, from the creatlou of the world, his 
Invisible things are clearly seen, being per- 
ceived by the things that are made, even his 
•tenwl power and Godhead ; so that they are 
without excuse." Romans 1 : 20. 

True knowledge of the works of 
God is promotive of humility. A 
proper survey taken of the Solar 
system has a tendency to moderate 
the pride of man and promote humil- 
ity. Pride is one of the distinguish- 
ing characteristics of puny man, and 
has been one of the chief causes of 
all the contentions, wars, devasta- 
tions, systems of slavery, and ambi- 
tious projects which have d 
and demoralized our sinful world. 
Yet there is no disposition more in- 
congruous to the character and cir- 
cumstances of man. Perhaps there 
are- no rational beings throughout 
the universe, among whom pride 
would appear more unseemly, or in- 
compatible than in man, considering 
the situation in which he is pla 
He is exposed to numerous degrada- 
tions and calamities, to the rage of 
storms and tempests, the deva 
lions of earthquakes and volcanoes, 
the fury of whirlwinds, and the I 
pestuous billows of the ocean, to the 
ravages of sword, famine pestilence, 
and numerous diseases ; and at 
length he must sink into the grave, 
and his body nm om- 

panion of worms! The most digni- 
fied and baugbty of the sons of m 

liable to ad similar d< 

nidations, as well as the meanest of* 

die human family. Vet, in BUCh 

circumstances man — that puny worm 
or the dust, whose know] so 

limited, and who -,, nix. 

»u8 and glai . . the effron- 

tary to Stmt in all 

ride, an i t in his »h» 

When other ar gumi I mo- 

produoe lit) 
minds, no eonsiderationi u em liki 
to hi rful tendency to 

counteract this doplorabli >.-i- 

i" bum an beings, than i.. 
1 whii h are borrows 1 from the ol 
pi id with asti 

/_. show u what an in 

what a mere atom, indeed, man ap- 
pears amidst the immensity of crea- 
tion ! Though he i3 an object of 
paternal care and mercy of the M I 
Hijh, yet he is but a grain of sand 
to the whole earth, when compared 
to the countless myriads of beings 
that people the amplitudes of crea- 
tion. What is the whole of this 
globe on which we dwell, compared 
with the solar system, which con- 
tains a mass of matter so many mil- 
lion times greater? What is it in 
comparison with the hundred mil- 
lions of suns and worlds which, by 
the telescope, have been descried 
through the starry regions ? What, 
then, is a kingdom, a province, or a 
territory, of which man is so proud, 
as if lord of the universe, and for 
which he engages in so much devas- 
tation and carnage ? What are 
they, when set in competition with 
the glories of the sky. Could we 
take our station on the lofty pinna- 
cles of heaven, and look on this 
scarcely distinguishable speck of 
earth, we would be ready to exclaim 
with Seneca, " Is it to this little 
spot that the great designs and va-t 
desires is confined '; Is it for this 
i there is so much disturbance of na- 
tions, so much carnage, and so many 
ruinous wars i 01: roily of deceived 
men, to imagine groat "kingdoms in 
the compas of an atom, to raise ar- 
mies to decide a point of earth with 
the sword the time 

arrive when the pro]/: til be 

fulfill- The wolf shall 

with the lamb, and tie 
lie down with the kid ; 
and the young lion ami the fat ling 
wad a littb child shall load 
I the cow and 
shall feed, their y dl |fo 

the lion shall 
like an ox ; and the . si 
shall play on • 
; '"'l tl ifld shall put his 

shall • in nil 


full n! ■ 

as th. 

I i, I 10. 

For the Companion. 

Dear Brother ; In considering 
your query more fully we find it 
beset with many difficulties and 
much uncertaintv ; but taking it for 
granted, according to the obvious 
import of your query, that the sun 
had really no existence until the 
fourth day of the creation, it is 
nevertheless perfectly safe to assume 
that the preceding three days were 
of the same length of duration from 
the well ascertained fact, that the 
actual appearance of the sun, or its 
"apparent revolution around the 
earth," docs not, necessarily, indi- 
cate the length of a natural day, for 
we find that in the remote northern 
and habitable latitudes of the earth 
during winter the sun is never visi- 
ble above the horizon, during a pe- 
l of six weeks — night all the 
time — and again in summer during 
a period of six weeks it is continu- 
ally visible— day all the time— an 1 

•'the evening and the morn: 
come regularly in every twenty-four 
hours of duration in time. Put reg- 
ularly as evening time comes, m 
retire.; to his couch, the ids 

lair, and the fowl to her roost, to 
enjoy their natural r 
in the morning time thev all go 
forth after the manni 

But now for . hieh 

we h ipe brother Sharp will 
and hel] I of. Wl 

of light was that which \ 

continui | until • 

what princij 
natural • .1 , you account I 

the growth and maturity, fruil 

•i deprn 

day of twenty-four hours len 

and fruit t; 

tban the 

1 owera of i 

country shou. 







The I>i«<-i]»l>i>«' ol l.oie. 

i rebuke aud etu 

D • w< in wry truth believe this ? 

Or, rather, do we i*nder«tand it? 

• v one that Buffers, or is in 

i of God 

rial love. Not a few make a i'atal 

. ei e. Man\ a Buffi rer sola- 

himselfwith the reflection that 

be Buffers, he must needs be 

of the elect. But the Soripture 

Ba j| . I rebuke 

and chastei Divine love is 

two-fold. One is sovereign, and 

to him." John 14 : 21. 
Can language be more explicit or 
emphatia than this? The cha 
ing whiob from God's natural 

i nol only an ■ t of affec- 

tion towa tut of the Divine 

n us. Here is the point 
where multitudes greatly err. — 
When wave after wave of trial rolls 
over them, and their souls arc over- 
whelmed with . they take it 
as an evidence of God'c I love, 
while it is nothing more than the ef- 
fect of b Even 
ministering brethren inadvertantly 
console unregenerate sufferers on 

comprehends the whole world, in its this false ground. There are thou- 
Btate of apostasy and sin. "God so sands in the furnace of affliction 

. that he gave his 
only-begotten Son. 1 ' Again, we 
read that ••God commendeth his ! 

trd us, in that, while we were 
. Christ died Bw us." 

:. ."> : 8. "If, when we were en- 
emies, we were reconciled to God 
by the death of his Bon," &e. Verse 
10. The Bame apostle says that 
/ for the ungodly. Rom. 
5:6. But this is not the chasten- 
ing love of which those are the re- 
cipients who were not only " recon- 
ciled to God by the death of his 
Son," but who, •' being' reconciled," 
arfl - by hit lift ."' God has 

also natural or reciprocal love. — 
When we were I and enen 

he loved us as B r and a Sov- 

[gn ; but when we are " created 
anew in Christ Jesus." he loves us 
for the r he has wrought in 

us by the Holy Spirit. God is love, 
and he cannot but love himself, and 
he . J reason of his > 

tare, love his in us. Then 

. , not only with sovereign 
love, but with that affection which 
he bears h'i3 only-begotten in 
nature. This unfolds the true mean- 
ing of the words, u as many a I 

. ' in their higher application. 
Whom docs Oml love, in the re- 

who, although they do 

imandments, extract much 
comfort in their sufferings from the 
unwarranted conclusion that God 
loves them as childti n, or else he 
would not rebuke and chasten them. 
j>ut in the absence of obedience to 
the requirements of the Gospel, we 
have no warrant to conclude that 
the fact of chastisement is an indi- 
cation of our m, but only as 
a means to the consummation of this 
end. The chastisements of the diso- 
nt may huul to that relation 
which is cemented by the Divine 
natural love, but it is the evidence 
of filial relationship to God only in 
those who "keep his command nn nts" 
As long as we neglect the service of 
God wholly, or do only such parts 
of his will as are not in strong con- 
flict with our own, or substitute the 
• n for the " 
■ s of God," our chastisements 
are more intended to convert us 
from the error of our ways, than to 
i in the way if peace. — 
Christ is "the way" and this .way 
i- paved and hedged with his 


we fulfill the conditions of the prom- 

mbodying the loving inbeing of 

the Father and the Son, through the 

ciprocal Bense, and whom doi Ign opereration of the Holy 

id aanctifyii t. This love ia the ground of 

tli ■'.«■ chastisement. It con- 

I ear the Bignet of 

• ing of kings in its full, unbro- 

seal distinguishes us as the chi 
of i lod. Voluntarily to negle 
deliberately to reject any part of 

and break God's seal, and pn 
God's displeasure, and lose the life 
use of G • , and prepare 

the way Tor final rejection at God's 

Let not the children of the cove- 
nant faint when they are rebuk 

nl. as it brings with it a deep- 
er, sweeter sense of love from God 
and love to God. Let no poor, help 
less babe in Christ quarrel with the 
disposer of all tilings on account of 
the mode in which he 
grace, as you thereby dispute 
of the most righteous, as well as the 
moat . principles of his ad- 

ministration. To murmur at the 
chastisements of the Lord', is to stay 
his hand in placing th 
and radient gems in our crown. Let 
this be the prayer of all the 
while passing through the fire : 
en so Fathi r,j r t ■ it set nn th 
in thy siyht." 

C. H. BA] 11. 

. Deposit, J'a. 

rawer: "His thai hath my 

I d he that 

^1 „ ; i. 0FM1 I 


km impress. Thia Bignet i 
" Word of nxd this is impress- 

ed by the < s y irit of God, and this 

The Senses. 


This sense, apparently, is of a 
twofold nature, pro lucing both sen- 
sations and perceptions, and like 
those of taste and smell, ii 
lily necessary to the welfare and 
promotion of the body, and to a very 
great extent, influence the future 
destiny o[' the soul. When we come 
in contact with something not of 
ourselves, we have sensations of 
pain, of pleasure, of cold, of he 

. of smoothie We 

also have of something 

different from - : our minds 

me impressed with a 
something really existing distinct 
from ourselves. Thus if we, with 
our f other part of 

the body, there are two sensations 
produced, which, i oilar BUg- 

the idea of connections : but by 
touching B reign to ourselves, 

we are sensible of a sensation on the 
acting, but have no idea of any 







Whenever our faith be 
Btrons that thr. f | - ' 

i ; hence clearest light to make the sinner 
t have a clear perception ofa«Jt feel. 

By the endo If unmerited love will not draw, 
ten we are taught merited pain may compel. He is thy with the evil propen lioh 
I there exists a Qg inde- pointed to an avenging God, an un- have been developed in i 
lent of us, and that that some- ending hell, with all its horror, tor- are brought to re' 
thing may either give us pain or I ment, and bl dr ; its extremes bandonment of our evil In- 
tently it is the of burning heat, and unendurable deed we be i 
the body, it being dis- cold, its oblivion stream over which, ed and our faith in Chri 
tributcd over every part of it, pro- to enhance his misery, the unhappy so strong th 
tec i injury, by avoiding the I soul is made to pass from one ex- before him, and 
cause. If the soul would have been treme to tho other, without tasting a him at his word. Th is is ma letrue 
placed in a body destitute of this I drop, or in other words, hell in very the saying, that • 
soon would it be defaced sight of heaven, thus augmenting ed by faith alone." 
and destroy : pains of the victims of groaning heart-man believeth unto ri 

in this we I ir, by beholding the anspeaka- ne^<." From this Ian we in- 

evidence that God is wisdom, and i ble joy of the inmates of the city of fer, that that faith ¥ lfficient 

that man is fearfully and wonderful- j our God. In conclusion we remark for salvation, c 

ly made. : . in such a that we have been endowed with this unto righteousness, which is a lit tl 9 

aner that the in -.e for a wise and noble purpose, more than 

experiences tl feels We think we have a desire to 6ee 

tlty. Truly the more we heaven and hear its melodies, but 
opiate upon the mysteries o'f we exceedingly long to feel it. 

our own formation, the more di 

id of him 

tan we. .' 

by this sense we are taught the sym- 

nection, i the 

■1. Touch tho 

and • . like 

hand of Satan, 


M ■' ■/', Pa. 

there is a God. 

We may even believe I 
sent his Son into the world 
ior ; and that that lied ti re- 

deem the who 

believe unto salvation. When we 

ively, declare rtain in 

and hi 

If we 

For the ( 
Believing unto Righteousness. 

man believeth unto 

i. 10 : 10, 

As the heart is that organ of the 
Touch tho soul and complicated frame of man, which re- Ue\ 
it tren bheYnight; mthe lungs and distributes take; 

ighout all the different parts of we can b 
the purified blood, we may u 
nia Kin 
zar, when th< lainepring of thai 

ost his 
wall. all . l.ili'ul archil 

ly th: • 1 our i. !0t. It is to 

happin i I the r< 

of our I 
felicity, or un ire attribu 

is the prinoipal part, the li 
;an of the house in which i 
and hell its hori it is live ; hen 

■ ■ that thi 

. bear upon the . "with the heai I i 

ab we : 

tion, hi 

iroi Win 

I ' 

ly in all 

lY> ' ' r 

h »":-; love . . . , ^ 





■•tag evil wpukou of. 

.'. thai every 
Si 83. 

urda were spoken to Paul 

(Ik- unbelieving Jews at Koine, 

when In- was brought bel iar. 

••And it came to pass that after 
tin- Paul tiled the chief of 

jether." I le wanted to 
lav the matter before them as be - 1 1 « 1 
e the in • - of Jeru- 

salem. "For thi 

tiled for you I a and 

ak with you, because that Fox 
the hope of Israel I am bound with 
tin- chain." What did they say to 
tin- ? Why they said we neither re- 
out of Judea concern- 
ing thee, neither any of the breth- 
ren that came shewed or spake any 
harm of thee. But we desire to 
hear of thee what thou thinkest, for 
noerning this seet we know that 
every where it is Bpoken against." 
1 am perfectly satisfied that we will 
agree that speaking against, means 
1 ihrist and his apostles. — 
always been believers 
and unbelievers. Some believed 
the things that were spoken and 
some believed not. The christians 
are the sect that was spoken against. 
Fur the testimony, look at Paul, 
how he was treated for his Master's 
sake, when he was brought before 
tnhedrim. Tertullus informed 
the governor against him. For we 
have found this man a pestilent fel- 
.1 a mover of sedition among 
all the Jews throughout the world, 
ring-leader of the sect of the 
A.cta 24: 5. Also 
Simeon prophesied of Christ that he 
was set for the falling and die ris- 
ing of many in Israel, and for a 
i which shall be spoken againBt. 
And jut behold for a moment how 
it was Fulfilled; even from thee 
to the tame be expired on the cross 
of calvary, h d against. 

Was there ever a man that did so 
urn ;h for the human family ? Went 

about doing ._' 1 to the souls as 

well at to tip if nun '. lie 

I any away, even those 

that came and spit on him, and buf- 

yiled or threat 
ened, and still Jie was spoken against 

it *£=** 

by the unbelieving Jews. And he 

given us an example to follow 

htm, and if we obey him in all things 

whatsoever he has commanded us, 

we wiil he Bpoken against and suffer 

cation to a certain degree. — 

The apostle say.-, \ " All that will he 

godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer 

persecution. If any man will come 

alter me let him deny himself and 

take up !ns cross an I follow me. — 

For whosoever will save his life shall 

.and whosoever will lose his 

ball find it. And 

lean testily by the word of truth 

that the more we deny ourselves for 

Christ's sake, and the closer we live 

to the gospel, the more we will be 

spoken against by the world. 

"Woe unto you when all men 
shall speak well of you, for so did 
their fathers to the false prophets. 
But I say unto you that hear : 
"Love your enemies, do good to 
them that hate you, bless them that 
curse you, and pray for them that 
despitefully use you." No matter 
whether we are spoken against or loner as we are in the ri^ht 
way ! Oh, my dear brethren, in 
conclusion let us keep close to the 
word of God, exhort one another so 
much the more as we see the day 
approaching. Let the word of Christ 
dwell in us richly, in all wisdom, 
teaching and admonishing one an- 
other in Psalms, and hymns, and 
Spiritual Songs, singing with grace 
in your hearts to the Lord, for if the 
righteous is scarcely saved, where 
shall the ungodly and the sinner ap- 


M>. .l//v/.«, ///. 

For tli- Companion. 
Advice to Young t liristiuiiN. 

You who have espoused the cause 
of Christ, let me urge you to be 
faithful; he faithful until death, and 
the promise is you shall receive a 
crown of life. To do this, you must 
h and pray, that you enter not 
into temptation. J would urge on 
you t ity <>f secret prayer, 

lome place you can call your 
bel," where you can poor out 
your heart toGodin prayer. Pray- 
er is the life ami soul of a Christian. 

-'ate 1 seasons of prayer ; at 
least twice a day approach the 
throne of grace, and call upon your 
Savior to help you overcome sin, 
and to be a t; tian. He will 

strengthen you. and cause you to 
triumph over your foes. Seek to 
be useful. God has given us tal- 
ents ; do net bury them in the earth, 
but employ them in trying to win 
souls to Grod. Think what you owe 
t r i him. lie has redeemed you with 
his own piieious blood, and will you 
not give him the service of your 
life '.' 

Fvery one has an influence in the 
world, for good or evil. Win 
cast yours on the side of God ami 
Heaven ? We have nothing worth 
living for in this dark, unfeeling 
world, if we have no hope beyond 
the grave. Heaven is truly worth 
striving for. If we have no inheri- 
tance in that beautiful city, Heaven, 
how can, or will we stand before 
the bar of God, with a seared con- 
science, and hear the Great God 
say ; "Depart, I never knew you." 
What agony, what torture to our 
souls! Let us, as Christians, jour- 
ney together to that celestial city, 
and when we stand before the great 
tribunal of right and wrong, it will 
be: "Well done good and faithful 
servant, enter into the joy of the 
Lord." Could I bring the whole 
world into the church of the living 
God, I would ; but some will not 
take warning until death places his 
cold xzy fingers on them. Then it 
is too late. They have rejected 
God's Holy Spirit, and will have to 
endure the tortures of a misspent 
life. Work therefore while it is 
called day, for night Cometh when 
no man can work. I fee! 1 have an 
inheritance with God, that my name 
is indeed written in the "Lamb's 
Book of Life." I feel if f was call- 
ed upon to render up my stew, ill- 
ship here below, I would be resigned 
to yield all for the sake of one who 
suffered everything, even death, that 
1, through that death, might lie 


J' hi la., Pa. 

Get as much Heart's ease as you can. 







For the Companion. 

How dear to the heart of the wan- 
derer is that word Home ! It brings 
to his memory scenes of childhood 
and youth. It recalls the inost pleas- 
ant moments of life. It semis a 
thrill through his heart, and ere he 
is aware, has brought to bear upon 
his soul all the influences which clus- 
tered around that hallowed Bp b. 

He is reminded of the fireside 
where kindred hearts united to call 
down blessings from on high; the 
fields over which he was wont to 
roam ; the old oak by the side of the 
murmuring brook, under whose wide 
spreading branches he spent many a 
glad hour listening to the bird.- as 
they warbled forth there tuneful lays, 
and watching the rivulet as it glided 
gently along, Bparkling in the Bun- 
Beams ; the old school house, standing 
in front of the grove, where he ap- 
plied him- olv ; and a thous- 
and other by- . the recol- 
lection of which has for a long time 
lain doimant ; and be sighs for their 
return in vain ! 

They who have never been de- 
prived of friends and borne, can have 
no idea of the yearning-, sadness, 
and disappointments to which the 
traveler is BubJBOt. He is often led 


Tyrone City, Pa., Jan. 29, 1867, 

than weaving his own exploits into 
rmon. One of the outcrops of 
ministerial egotism is abusing other 
denominations. One who utters a 
tirade against every body who does — n ~ . 

ice or think as he does, and then <l (L'UT (L OrrfSpOUOMtS. 
states that his remarks are not inten- 
ded to hurt any one, is doing nothing 
less than waging a wafare inconsis 
tent with the spirit and gosple of 
Christ and then closing his remarks 
with a falsehood. No one has ever 
been converted to the christian re- 
ligion by being lashed or stoned. — 
The sword of the spirit may be us- lhe . v arc a11 credited on our books, 
ed with all the power possessed, but and the papers have all been sent. 


Under this head wc will notice and re]'ly to 
correspondents, and {fire other notices, when 
it is thought advisahle to withhold t: 
uame. We demand, in all cases, the writer's 
name, and res e r v e to oursclf the ] 
of determining the propiiety of publishing 

D. J. Mtbrs, Homersville, Ohio. 

neither self-praise nor denunciation 
of others is any part of that sword. 

A word to the wise is sufficient. 

KithacoquilUu, Pa. 

For the Companion. 
Not is but a small word, yet when 
made use of by Satan in that mem- 
orable conversation with mother 
. gave to (rod the lie, and con- 
tained the essence of that deception a ,i,j r( . s . 
that brought misery and woe bo the 
human family. To the command 
"thou shalt surely die," was only 
added this little word, and behold 

the result — man driven from the 
ito difficulty olFsome kind, and lain presence of his Creator— from Par- 
would ask a friend's advice ; but on «Kae> and sent out to till the cursed 

The de- 

looking around, h Iran- ground, and . lie 

. tliey cannot sympathise with *'"!"■ *©" n « Mi 

him and he feels alone, although sur- lost its force when improperly us. \\ v II 

rounded b\ thousa i' 11 "" wil J Bpmtoi darkness wields it li:ll ... 

Caubacy. If you will read it 
Celibacy, as it ought to be, then you 
can find it in u Webster's Una- 

W.m. K. MOORE. Yes, we find it 
to be as you state. You have 30 
cents credit for Vol. 3. It was an 
oversight. Have sent yon the hark 
numbers. Please excuse. 
of II. H. Tr tps, Nathan 
Spitler, and John Huffman? We 
have no recollection of a former let- 
ter from you, nevertheless if 
give us the addresses, we will send 

on the paper, We will reserve the 

back numbers until we 


Truly, borne may 
• t earth. 

New Oxford, Pa 

■ ailed the 
J. S. GUT. 


< Ine of the most disgustiu 
reprehensible traits of < naracter in 
a minister of the gosple, i egotism. 

It is tl pi il chant; 

love whiob "is not puffed up, doth 

elf 1 1 1 1 - « ■ • ■ 1 1 1 1 \ , " while 

This trait is most 

common a g young minister! who 

importance instead of 
attaching it to the woid of ''"'1 whiob 
tln-\ are to preach. Then- i- do 
surer indei ox b mini I ranee 



lure the worldly 
minded on iction. Presump- 

ic trine be 
i careful about the form "1 1 1 I 
i ward 

ordinances are 8 fi oeoi 
an acceptable christian life: and de- 
fiantly proclaims that this or that 
command is N< >T essential 
tion ! 

- FLOR1 
Hit . il i ■ 

I .in. Faith oao d i • 
remove mountains : il kill u 


ir. I heart 
bend i stubborn will, and I liod 
and man together. 

LlCHTY. Certainly your 

. irlj . 1 ■ 
not fail, a< yours is the first name 
on the list. 

JOB \ . have 

■edit on Vol. I. 

Back Jfumbei^. Wt i in do 
longer furnish full si « k num- 

nt volume. Of num- 
bers 8 and i ■ a 

left. We print 

more than fl 
with our fill I S N 

of their 









bat I 
I Lave atl 
e<l foi at diflfcr- 

;ounty. Our meet 

In tin- Monticello branch, White Co.. In,]., 
• '. .. 
i, in month*, and 18 
H m was Broncbll I 

hope of Immortality. Funeral 
<'<- by '• up. a Bamuel Murray and i 

were well attended, and good M,ii "- l '" 1 " Job M : H 

.'it: i\m. Jt baa liccn my 

happin ixteen added to 

cburch at d \n<l 

. and ex- 

othera ; 

:' duty. — 


•lol IN WISE. 

— ♦««— 

Qnerj . 

Tf the sun ited until 

••'// day, aa intimated in the 
rati. in and appa- 
•1 In ?>1 ird; 

what light \nu> divided from darkn 
on • day, Bince the sun with 

the laminar the onlj source 

of li our sol a.1 Will 

bro rp, or Bome other breth- 

ren ] .lease tell '.' 

S. B. Furry. 



moD ( 0., Pa., Jan. 'I. 
( ATJIARINE, wife of brother ll-my 
GEIB) and dau rother Ephriam 

rliildren ; thi 1 10 days 

i>lil wh her died. Her 

mural on the 5th, by 
Breton Bollinger, ..nd the 

writer, from 1 Tin;. 3 : 15. 

John Zcg. 
NM.. Jan. 7th, -'>n of broth- 
er Jo! • IMER : 


b ol January, after a lingering 
• ••' IL< >M( >N NEW- 
COMER, son-in-law of brother Josepb and 

\ cars 7 
. In the death of our 

:h our dear 

• iiup iiecn bereft of 
11 kin.! ither. 

near Quincy, Pa.. 

tse copy. 

k branch, Bbenando 
13, out 
MAPI! irs, 7 months, and it 

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For the Companion. 
Christian Warfare. 

Ris armies are gathering from near and from 

And sann is rapine a terrible- war ; 

But Jebus our Captain is mighty and strong, 
So gird on your armor and be marohing 

Our foes are before us in battle array, 
But let us not waver, nor turn from the way ; 
The Lord is our strength, and redemption 

our 6ong, 
So gird on your armor and bo marching 

The thunder of battle we often must hear, 
But trusting iu Jesus we need not to fear; 
II, but united in one, 
ii our armor and go marching 

We in ■ .r sinner to join us in love, 

And angels entreat you from heaven above ; 
Our Captain is Jesus, he'll not lead us 

So gird ou your armor and come march- 
ing along. 

Our foes in rebellion us boldly assail, 
But while trusting in Cod, they cannot pre- 
vail ; 
Our cause is the right one, and th 

the wrong, . 
Then grasp flnn your armor and keep 
marching along. 

And toon our dear Leader his foes will subdue, 
And then, O! whi :uy, and love will 

ensue ; 
Then gird on your armor, be gallant and 

And God will protect yon As we're marching 


Marching along, we are marching along, 
Willi Jesus our Captain, and Redemption our 

soug ; 
The ba'tle, though raging, both fearful ami 

i on our armor and keep marching 

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Knowledge Connected with Re- 


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sensible mediums to exalt and ex- 
pand our conceptions of him whose 
visible glories they represent and 
adumbrate. When contemplated in 
connection with the prospects opened 
by Divine revelation, they tend to 
excite the most ardent desires after 
that state of enlarged vision where 
the plans and operations of God will 
be more clearly unfolded — and to 
prepare us for bearing a part in the 
immortal hymn of the church trium- 
phant : "Great and mareelou- ire 
thy work-, Lord God Alun. 
just and true are thy ways, thou 
King of saints," and there can be 
no question that a portion of our 
thoughts devoted to the study of the 
wondrous works of the M<>>t Hijih 
must ultimately be conducive to the 
improvement of our intellectual pow- 
ers, to our advancement in the 
Christian life, and to our prepara- 
tion for the exalted employments of 
the eternal world. 

The studies connected with the 
science of the heavens have a ten- 
dency to prepare the 60uls of them, 
who have been previously enlighten- 
ed and regenerated, for the employ- 
ment of the future world. In that 
world the glory of the Divine 
fections, as manifested throughout 
the- illimitable tracks of creation, is 

if the objeote, without doubt, 
which unceasingly employ the con- 
templations of the blessed: for they 
are represented in their adoration--, 
as celebrating the attributes of the 
Deity as dismayed throughout the 

ial universe. " ( treat and 

marreloas are thy works Lord God 
Almighty. Tbou art w 
Lord, t>> receive glory and h 
and power ; for thou had 
all things, and for inre they 

an- and »• 

can eater that world and ii : 
with its inhabitants, we must aequtre 
:i relish foi their emp and, 

at l( i aequaiul li the 

sublime investigations ; otherwise we 

could feel little enjoyment in the so- 
ciety of heavenly intelligences, and 
the exercises in which they engage 
The researches connected with as- 
tronomy, and the frequent contem- 
plation of its object-;, may tend to 
prepare us for such celestial employ- 
ments, as they awaken attention to 
such subjects — as they invigorate 
the faculties and enlarge the capaci- 
ty of the intellect — as th 
sublime inquiries, and excite desires 
for further information which mav 
afterwards be gratified — as they form 
the groundwork of the progress we 
may afterwards make iu that state, 
in our surveys of the Divine opera 
tions — and as they habituate the 
mind to take large and comprehen- 
sive views of the empire and moral 
government of the Almighty. 

Those who have made progress iu 
such studies, under the influence of 
holy dispositions, will certainly have 
higher and more perfect conceptions 
of the attributes of Jehovah than 
those who have given little or no at- 
tention to them ; and it is not 
haps an unwarrantable .opposition, 
that by such employments as most 
acquaint us with the glorious works 
of the Creator, and h ■ , the 

contemplation of hi- grand ■ 

boat, we may bo the better prepared 
for directing the views and investi- 
gations of such as have en 
er Opportunities of instructions in 
the present Btl r we are in- 

formed in the Saered 
"they who are wiat , or I 
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of the mm 

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i\ a scientific vietr of the mechanical 

*|' fabric of the universe that will pre- 

^ pare as for the employments of the 

celestial world, but the moral princi- 
and the holy affections with 
which we must be animated in all 
our studies and contemplations. — 
"If ye then be risen with Christ, 
■eek those tilings which are above, 
where Christ sitteth on the right 
hand of Godj Set your affections 
on things above, not on things on 
the earth." 

A man under the influence of evil 
principles and passions, whose mind 
is actuated by pride, malignity, 
avarice, covetousness, ambition, and 
revenge, is unqualified for a right 
contemplation of the works of God, 
and is utterly unfit for joining in the 
associations of pure and holy beings, 
'or engaging in the exalted ser- 
vices of the heavenly world. Un- 
less the principles of "love to God" 
and W<<(< ' be engraven on 

our hearts, and interwoven through- 
out our whole mental frame, and 
manifested in the general tenor of 
our conduct, we can never enjoy 
true happiness either in the present 
state or in any other region of the 
universe ; and such principles and 
dispositions can never be expected 
to be " implanted in the soul, and 
brought forth into action, unless we 
comply with the requisitions contain- 
ed in the word of God. The foun- 
dation of future felicity must be ' 
laid iu "repentance toward God, and 
faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.'''' 
As sinners against the most high 
God, we stand in need of pardon, 
peace, and reconciliation. And "this 
the record of God, that he hath giv- 
en to us eternal life, and this life is 
in the Son. "This is his command- 
ment, that we believe on the name 
of //;'* Son Jesus Christ, whom God 
hath .set forth to be a propitiation : 
to declare his righteousness for the 
I emission of our sins," with this pro- 
viso, that we comply with the condi- 
of pardon. 

This is. the first step in the path 
which leads to life eternal. And 
having entered on this course, my 
dear reader, we must be careful, in- 
isihly so, to bring forth " the 
fruits of righteousness, and to glorify 

God in our bodies and spirits which 
are His. We must " add to our 
faith virtue ; and to virtue knowl- 
edge ; and to knowledge temperance ; 
and to temperance patience ; and to 
patience godliness ; and to godliness 
brotherly kindness ; and to brother- 
ly kindness charity. For if these 
things be in us and abound, we shall 
neither be barren nor unfruitful, in 
what ? in the knowledge of our Lord 
Jesus Chiist." "For so an entrance 
shall be ministered unto U3 abun- 
dantly into the everlasting kingdom 
of our Lord and Savior Jesus 
Christ." Prosecuting such a course 
with activity and perseverance, hold- 
ing communion with the " Father of 
our spirits," and exhibiting a pattern 
of every Divine virtue and grace, 
we shall enjoy all that happiness 
which is consistent with our present 
state of trial and imperfection, and 
be gradually prepared for being 
"partakers of the inheritance of the 
saints in light," where there is 
"fullness of joy" and "pleasures 
for evermore." In short, animated 
by such Divine principles and affec- 
tions, we shall be fitted for holding 
intercourse with all the holy beings 
that constitute the moral and intelli- 
gent system, or the whole family of 
God throughout the universe, in 
whatever regions of the vast crea- 
tion they may reside. 

For the principles and dispositions 
to which we have adverted must be 
common to all pure intelligences 
that people creation, that have re- 
tained their primeval innocence and 
rectitude. When implanted in the 
heart, and interwoven through the 
whole of the mental constitution, 
they assimilate us to angels — for 
entering into their sublime and com- 
prehensive views — for bearing a 
part in their extensive schemes of 
universal benificence — and for con- 
tributing along with them to the 
order and prosperity of God's uni- 
versal and everlasting Kingdom ! 

And now, brethren and sifters, 
and all God-fearing friends who read 
the Companion^ we would say m 
conclusion, lot us beware above all 
things, lest we boast of our knowl- 
edge ; for all our knowledge is of no 
further importance to us than as it 

has an influence on our affections 
and conduct, and leads us to enter- 
tain impressive and reverential ideas 
of that Almighty Being, " in whose 
hands our breath is, and who arc all 
our ways." Let us then, for the air 
we breathe, and the numerous bene- 
fits we derive from our God, display 
our gratitude, and consecrate all our 
powers and faculties to the service 
of HlM who " made the earth by his 
power," and " hath established the 
world by his wisdom ;" who " caus- 
eth the vapers to ascend from the 
ends of the earth;" who"maketh 
lightnings with rain, and bringeth 
the winds out of his treasures," and 
whose "tender mercies are over all 
his works." To Him who has crea- 
ted and redeemed us, all our powers 
and energies ought to be devoted 
from henceforth and forever, for he 
is worthy to receive all praise, and 
honor, and glory, and power, and 
wisdom, and might, and dominion 
from men, from angels, and from 
the inhabitants of all the worlds dis- 
persed throughout the regions of the 

More anon, 

Nexo Enterprise, Pa. 

For the Companion. 
Encouragement to Pilgrims. 

Dear Brother Holsinger : — As I 
have some leisure I feel inclined to 
write a fow lines for the Compan- 
ion. I started out this morning to 
attend public worship of God, but 
on account of the inclemency of the 
weather I was induced to turn back 
before I reached the house of wor- 
ship, the roads being considerably 
blocked up with snow »vhich was 
quite a disappointment to me, and it 
very forcibly reminds me of the fact 
that this world is a place of disap- 
pointments and sorrows, to which all 
its inhabitants are subject, from tho 
king who sits in a magnificent chair 
of state, adorned with a magnificent 
robe, a diadem upon his head, and a 
sceptre in his hand, to the poor beg- 
gar who is wandering about without 
house or home ; all have disappoint- ^ 
ments, sorrows, and vexations of \. ^ 
spirit. But all this will teach the (^ 
pilgrim who is on his way to the ce 





lestial city that there is no lasting 
happiness to be found in this world, 
and he can say with the poet 

"This world U a wilderness of woe, 
This world is no: my homo. " 

And it ought to stimulate us to 
set our affections still more on things 
above, and put forth every effort in 
our power to gain an entrance into 
the celestial city, the new Jerusa- 
lem, where disappointments, sorrows 
and privations will be no more. Our 
three score years and ten are fast 
rolling into the great ocean of eter- 
nity, and the place we now occupy 
in society will soon be occupied by 
another. But while we sojourn in 
this vale of tears, we will have dis- 
appointments, trials, and difficulties 
to eontend with, and we ought to 
prepare ourselves to meet them calm- 
ly, and under all circumstances rely 
upon "Jesus who is the author and 
finisher of our faith." He is able 
and willing to help in every time of 
need. But we must do our part. — 
The christian is represented in the 
gospel as a soldier fighting under 
the banner of King Emanuel. The 
apostle says: "For we wrestle not 
with fle?h and blood, but against 
principalities, against powers, against 
the rulers of the darkness of this 
world, against spiritual wickedness 
in high places," and admonishes us 
to take "the whole armor of God, 
that ye may be able to withstand in 
the evil day." And it is very ne- 
cessary for us to keep our armor 
bright. Keej) a firm hold of the 
sword of the spirit (which is the 
word of God) so that we are ready 
when the enemy attacks us, that we 
can put him to flight, and come out 
Conquerors. ApcI it will also be ne- 
ar v for us to watch, for our 61 
my often lies in Ullbash, watching 
our movements ami if we thus 1 1 1« - . - 1 
him unawares we are likely to receive 
severe wounds before we sueee.'d ill 
putting him to flight. Therefore it 
will he very necessary for cm to be 
always at mn i itching, and 

praying our Father to assist u- in 
v trial. 

[f we look at the prise set before 
us we ought to feel encouraged to 
forward, although we may hare 

many days of sorrow, and have to 


bear some reproach for Christ's sake 
(or because we try to follow him.) 
If we can only "read our title clear, 
to mansions in tho skies ;" we can 
"bid farewell to every fear and wipe 
our weeping eyes." If God permits 
dark clouds to overspread our hori- 
zon ; if we firmly trust in God and 
pray fervently unto him for deliver- 
ance, he will cause the dark clouds 
to remove and we can again rejoice 
in God. But how much more if we 
can land safely in the haven of the 
celestial city, and can there enter 

■'Where congregations ne'er break up, 
And Sabbath never ends." 

There we can meet our Savior 
who suffered and died for u3, and 
our friends who have gone before 

"If I was only understood an. 
j appreciated, and beloved, as I want 
to be loved, then I could be perfect- 
ly happy," is the cry of so many 
hearts. No ! no ! Human love can- 
not make one " perfectly happy." 
and if it could, how small, and nar- 
row, and pitiable must be the soul 
whom the love of another frail human 
soul could fill. 

God did not place us here as be- 
ings simply receptive of enjoyment, 
but to create and endure; to find our 
own happiness in living for others ! 
Try this, reader, letting all the rest 
go, and see if you do not, in the end, 
' find your own happin 

Ah! how mistaken, how blind we 
are, serching for the soul's " hidden 

us, where we have the promise that treasure" among the things of earth; 

thirsting for the cooling draughts, 
hungering after the golden ft 
that gladden no valleys, and grow in 
no garden of this world , but that fill 
the airs of Heaven with their sweet 
1 sounds and soft fragran : 

Quiet : quiet ! and how can a man 
or woman know this until all tea. 
death be taken away ? Whatsoever 
be your crec 1 . rea ler. do we not 
join hands in this belief? 

Who , going upo/i a journey, 
not ponder the end of it ? and is n A 
life a journey, and death its close for 
all of u.s: And until we can tell that 
whether it comes slow or sudden we 
can place our ha in cold 

ones, and »y, ••! am ready to go" 

"all tears will be wiped from our 
eyes." Where there will be no 
more tribulation, sorrow, and death, 
but joy and peace forevermore. — 
But let us bear in mind as long as 
we sojourn in this wilderness of woe 
we are in danger of losing the road 
which leads to this happy place. — 
The apostle says, "Let us therefore 
fear lest a promise being left us, we 
fall after the same example of unbe- 
lief." The apostle hero refers us to 
the journey of the children of Israel 
to the land of Canaan where a rest 
was promised unto them, but the 
greater part of them could not en- 
ter in because of unbelief. So we 
see there was danger then, and there 
U dinger now. Therefore let u- be 
on our guard that we may be able 
to enter into that rest prepared for 
tho children of God. 


/>. /■/('/', Pa. 

'^uiet we have not 


Ail, reader this i- what our hearts 
all want, quiet, quiet ! And this i-- 
what the worid eannot pre US. 

Are not it> gifta finite, and are not 
our "uN infinite . < Hi. poor 
human soul, buffo tting with tho winds 

and w» 'I'my lift 

still ! look upu i' i \ ■ k not of Time 
what is not in it > treasury nrhal it 
never nan give to any man ; bu 
it oi God, and in answer shall 
the peace •• He givetfa Hi- belo 

moot be 
learned to ' 

.0''- for u 5 all, the "tents 

will soon be struck, and the curtains 
withdrawn," and the "green w , 
will be subsiding orer our h< 
:ial t! "' ! . i di* 

cordances or this world sup- 

l by the grand in! 
eternil hear the conclu- 

sion Of the whole matter : " 

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home from work, and the children 
from their tasks at school, and at 
evening draw together around the 
fireside, who can deny that even 
winter brings with it its tokens of 
the goodness of him who hath made 
it. The storm may howl by the 
casement and the snow pile up its 
white drifts, or *he frost sparkle up- 
on the window, yet there is comfort 
and peace within. And then what 
beauty is there over the face of na- 
ture. How the stars glitter and 

For th* Compani'm. 
\\ inter. 

There is no portion of the year 
which has not its comforts and its 
Our Heavenly Father 
icrcd it that every season 
shall bring some fresh token of his 
wisdom and goodness. Spring 
comes with its Howers, summer with 
its waiveing and golden bar 

..utumii With it- ripening fruits ; 
nor, though winter follows with its 
snows, frosts, and storms, is it with- 
out its beauties, its pleasures, and 
its benefits. 

Will my young readers, as they 
sit down by the fireside, in the win- 
ter, to look over the Compmnon, 
think how many mercies, how much 
happiness the 'winter has brought 
with it, and what evidence it affords 
of the love of God. It is the time 
of rest to the earth. The trees and 
shrubs that have been sending forth 
their strength to their leaves now 
to repose and recover their en- 
ergies and send their roots down 

deeper and firmer into the ground, I season. Nor should it be 
and thus are fitted for a new growth ] that while God has thus secured for 

i trees never \/f . 

his presence where the 
wither and no alternation of summer 
and winter be experienced where all 
will be joy and peace forever. 

Masontoivn, Pa. 

The Tougjie : 

Much, yea very much depends upon 

the proper use of the tongue. It 

reat influence for good or evil, 

according as it is used. The wise 

man says " death and life is in the 

twinkle through the pure air ; how | power of the tongue." One still wiser 
bright the moon shines upon the hill, | says " by thy words thou shalt be jus 
tower, and tree ; how gorgeous 
the drapery in which the forest 

clad when the snow has fallen softly 
and gently upon each branch and 
limb ; how magnificent the jewels 
that the frost throws over every 
spear of grass and lowly shrub as it 
comes and binds up the langhing 

tiiicd, and by thy words thou shalt 
is be condemned." And when we fully 
understand the influence it has, both 
upon the body and soul, when it is 
not bridled, or in other words, if not 
governed by the gospel of Jesus 
Christ, we may well say " it is a 
fire, a world of iniquity, an unruly 

streams and majestic rivers in its 
fetters, and make the heavy 
mountain a thrown on which winter 
may sit as the stern monarch of the 




us abundant source of pleasure in 

the contemplation of his works and 
the enjoyment of his blessings, he 
affords us also, during the rigors of 

evil, full of deadly poison, setting on 
fire the course of nature, and it is set 
on lire of hell." As such everlast- 
ing consequences depend upon the 
use of the tongue, we should all learn 
so to use it, that life and not death, 
will be its consequences. Life will 
be its consequence when we have it 
employed as we are instructed in the 
word of God, which says that we 

when the spring shall return 
wither-, and with the 
baa pushed upward 
nth. its thrift v Bhoota are cover- 

ft and warm mantle of winter, the opportunity of comfort- should bless those who curse us, yea 

bt,ow that shields it from the frosts ing and aiding those who are poor to bless and not curse. Again we 

end cold of the winter. Nor Bte and needy, it is an ordinance of should pray for those who despite- 

howl around our his Providence that such shall al- fully use us, and persecute us We 

dwellings without their uses. The ways be with us. The food we eat should employ it to praise God, and 

elements that might otherwise be- will have a sweeter taste if we have r.ev > to speak evil of man. lo 

nc the Bources of disease and fed some poor child that hut for us Bpeak ,ove, and not hatred, lo 

de ith are thus purified and made nnght have gone hungry, and at speak truth, and never lies, lo 

lieathful and reviving; one who has night when we hear the wind howl- speukedifymg ao<l Inever idle words. 

the pestilence cannot in* by us we can sleep more plea-- lo speak meekly and not proud words. 

, anxiety with which autiy if we know that in some We conclude nun me words all liars 

lie watched the approach of winter, of poverty one fai shall have their part in Uie Mcetjut 

and the thrill of joy and thankfulness comfortable I and raiment 

he felt when I in tiie morn - which God has permitted 

in-' and saw tl ' n i" n tlu ' them. Let us then enjoy the winter 

. as it passes, nor weary of its pies- 

had passed away.—, nor mi portumties tor 

Xu< ] a n this what a relish calm reflection, for earnest 

rive to all our Bocial for social enjoyment. It is soon 

nleiuures and n,ir £<>nc and the bright and joyous 

1 ,-oro out amid" the he i ing is here with its md life are mthe^wer ^thetongue 

their strength its flowers, bringing us i »sons 

mind returns with of the wisdom ot (jod. Let us take 

ia-1; and them ome, and trusting in 

,t vigorously and effectu the Savior as our only hope antici 


burnetii with lire and brimstone," and 
any man among you seemeth to be 
religous,aad bridleth not his tongue, 
but deceiveth bis own heart, this 
man'- religion is vain : and i'orevry 
idle word that we -peak we must give 
an account in the day 01 judgment 
Remember therefore that '-death and 

Winchester, <>/>;<■. 

C iristian life consists in faith and 

I' laoors most w '"i ui1 ■ > «.».-. ~— ...» _— — . A 

,X all \"d when the "parent comes I pate the day that shall bring us into chanty. 

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J- or the Com^n . 
The C lirtslinu'H Wealth. 

The true christian is a wealthy 
man, bul his wealth is not of the 3ame 
character as the riches of this world. 
i or enemies cannot disrobe 
him of his treasure. It is too well 
secured to be approached or seized 
by any of the corruptible beings of 
this world. The title is indisputable 
therefore it is secure. I*, is true he 
may not appear to enjoy his wealth 
in this lite, yet it is held in reserva- 
tion for him, until his Father will 
see proper to place it in his po 
ion. lie is made happy by the 
glorious conception that his wealth 
is durable as eternity. The tilings 
of this world grow less and less in 
value to him as he approaches the 
close of his earthly lite, and he looks 
upon Christ as hie all — hit vnly riofu t 
He marches steadily up the straight 
and narrow road that leads to the 
celestial city where he expects to en- 
joy his wealth. Not so with the 
man whose whole soul is en^a^ed in 
the acquisition ofthii worlds goods. 
He is persuing his desired object 
while traveling the downward road 
and enjoys hie business exceedingly 
as travelling down hill suit< his fancy 
His large ball of earthly 
wealth will increase much more rap- 
idly by rolling on the downward 
road. Look at the schoolboys rol- 
ling tin- large hall of snow down hill. 
See how rapidly it increases in -i/.e 
a- they roll it down th 
with so much ease. It would not in- 
crease near BO rapidly it' they were 
to roll it up hill. Thus it is with the 

man who undertakes to roll his 

of earthly wealth up the straight and 

li.up.u road. It will not inc 
■o rapidlj because he clings to strict 
integrity in every thins. As Ions as 
be cling- to integrity his earthly 
wealth will be lest, but to him, the 
splendors of immortality will be great 
1; Mf on :t-< he lets 

go his bold ni , the v. 

of fortune will he II with an 

i ed v el icitj , and h • i>, again, 

on the downward road that Km 


Tyrone City, Pa. , Feb. 5, 1867. 


c y ( MIlAIMl. 

/A, I' u ln,l. 

Cherokee, Tens. ) 
Jaii. 24, 1867. j 

Dear Brothrr Uolsinger : — I have 
just returned from a trip to Johnson 
County (which is the Eastern Coun- 
ty in Tennessee J and joins N. C, 
and Va.) This is one of the most 
romantic places probably, in the 
United States, surrounded as it is 
by lofty mountains of gigantic heighth 
on all sides ; with an only outlet at 
the Western end of the Valley, where 
its limpid springs, creeks, & rivulets 
flow into the Wattauga River. But not 
more grand and picturesque is the 
scenery of the country, than are the 
citizens kind and hospitable ; indeed 
it is one of the most interesting pla- 
ces I have ever visited. 

I spent some 8 or 9 days holding 
meetings in the county : and altho 
the weather was unusually rough, 
yet we had a very interesting time. 
We have five members there, who 
have recently joined the Church ; 
but I think the prospect is flattering 
for many more, with energy and 
vcrencc. The people manifest 
:tt interest in our preaching, 
but owing to the fact that it i- en- 
tirely new and strange to them, 
(the Methodist- and Baptists being 
the most prominent churches) they 
are rather slow to act. I l'eel very 

lent jf the suooeas of the 
eautty because it is of the Lord, and 
he will carry it on over the head of 
all opposition. 

And now, brother Henry, let me 
say a word to TOU. I have often 
thought, yes 1 Enow, that w« haw 

in t/f world) and yet 
we manage it 10 badly. Look at 

the different sects and denominations 

of ohristiani in our country, who 

not half so noble a: 
cause as .mi'-, and see what efforts 
ih.-_\ put Loth ; hoi the;, -tiam ese 
rj liei.e, and ui.ik QCS 

no matter at what 
in older to push the iui 

their eaUM. And we, ha . 
milted, to uur cure, t 
the 6«. in tin- , 

we are unwilling to make any sacri- 
fice. Oh, brother Henry, stir up 
the brethren to a sense of their du- 
ty '. — Tell them that "they that 
sparingly shall also reap sparing 
Tell them that they all have an im- 
portant work to do ; that God has 
given ever one certain talents, and 
holds them fearfully responsible for 
the same ; — that lie lias assigned 
every one his work ; that one man 
has a talent to preach, while .. 
er has a talent to work ; that the 
man who has the gilt to preach the 
Gospel, has a fearful responsibility 
resting on lain, as l'aul said : "woe 
is me if I preach not the Gospel ;" 
but they that often times are forced 
to neglect this duty from pecuniary 

But lest I slnuld trespass on 
your time in writing so long a let- 
ter, 1 will just say that during my 
trip up the country, that I procured 
the names of o persons who want to 
take the I found 

some others who would have sub- 
scribed but had not the means, but 
hoped they would be ;•. time. 

Truly the people in Johnson County 
deserve our sympathies. 
almost unanimously strung, uncon- 
ditional u: i in fact, 
of their fidelity to the union they 
suffered more than any other ] 
in th The R 

i them with raiding and I 
•mpanies, and .. roke 

them up. 


r/i'T Holt been 

reading your paper I time 

aid mu.-t .-ay 1 like it ; although 
some brethren who writ* 

Uh to wound 

the feeling! ofoth 

them. Won 1 '< IT '■'■■ \i liol I 

Our blcsse i S 

same mind ," "Mind not high things 

hut condom end t 

tate." "i 'ghlv 

lion in th, : u-. 

broth re 
for tin r to 

h thing* tint i 




wo must pTl an account for all the 
- done in the body, whether 
: or evil. Ami among thoae 
• will he those of wounding the 
feelings of >v.;ik brethren. Read 
what Paul saye, Romans 14 : 13 — 
28. May Goa grant that WC who 
profeei to have put on Christ, may 
practice his commands, in faith until 
death, and then meet around the 
d anting throne, is the prayer of 
\ our weak brother. 

PotUtovn P. 0. Pa. 

Brother Holringer: — I nave re- 
ceived the Companion and trust that 
wisdom and knowledge may be ob- 
tained from its pages for our benefit 
in time and in Eternity. We have 
no desire to read any other work 
than such as may be the means of 
encouraging the believer in the 
Lord ; and we wish the "Compan- 
i"ii " to accompany the reader with 
such solemn truths, causing him to 
rejoice in the God of our salvation. 
There are so many ways sought out 
by the disobedient professor of Chris- 
tianity, perverting the simplicity of 
the gospel, and deceiving its hun- 
dreds, and it does our souls good, 
as it doth the upright in heart, to 
know that God has yet a people on 
earth, contending for the truth once 
delivered to the saints ; and he will 
have till the final consumation of all 
things, and as deceptions and por- 
ous are distributed through this 
our American land it is highly ne- 
cessary that the truth of the saving 
gospel should be sent forth, which is 
as a two edged Bword, &c. 


BoVth Ii> nd. In,/. 

II r ■•':. ■ r Henry ; For the first time 

I write a few words for the Com- 

1 i -teem it a privilege to 

receive instruction through it. And 

• !d to admonish one anotiv 

( r." io I will join my mite, hoping it 

• | others what theirs lias 

been to me, for their articles eontain- 

aitruction and admonition seem 

mt just when needed. 1 

not ni--.-t often with my dear broth- 

r- n | tan in the -anetuary and 

am -urronnded with many tempta- 

tions andsinful influences, which are 
intended by our wily foe to draw me 
off the pathway of duty. In reading 
the cheering testimonies of the tried 
and faithful, I feel encouraged to go 
on, renew the conflict and battle with 
the sins of the world. 

0. dear brethren and sisters, let 
us be on our guard ; we are all sur- 
rounded with many temptations, but 
let us trust in the strong arm of the 
Lord, and walk humbly before him 
while on earth, that we may be 
numbered among his "jewels," enter 
with the " righteous nation" through 
the pearly gates, into the celestial 
city. In order to overcome the 
enemy we must wrestle Jacob-like ; 
daily secret prayer is the key that 
unlocks God,s great store house, 
where we can gain access to the 
whole christian armor, to defend, 
and the graces to bedeck our daily 
walk. I would to God I could 
persuade all ray young friends and 
associates to come to Christ, the 
refuge of the perishing and Savior 
of the lost. Listen, lost one, to 
his voice of love : " Come unto me 
all ye that labor and are heavy 
laden and I will give you rest." The 
good shepperd Beekoth thee amid 
tbe "loom and solitude of night, 
amid the dark and thorny thicket 
of the wilderness. We have, 'tis 
true, to pass through many hours of 
great discouragment, but through 
and beyond the dark clouds shines a 
brighter light which makes ihe path- 
way of the Christian more pleasant 
than a path strewn with roses. So 
let us who have set our hands to 
serve the Lord holdout faithful, that 
we may at least gain the further 
shore and walk the golden ,-treets of 
the New Jerusalem, and wear the 
crown of bright glory that fadeth 
no* away. Your loving Bi 

mot Creek, Pa. 

The above caption has received 
some attention from the pens of dif- 
ferent brethren recently ; some treat- 
ing the subject in one way, and some 
in another. The subject is certain- 
ly deserving of attention. Iu, the 
last Companion) i. •. No. 4, present 

volume, I find an article under the 
head of "Correspondence,'' from 
brother Wrightsraan, of Toon., which 
deeply affected my mi ml. 

He thinks that brethren ought to 
undertake the matter of "Mi- 
ry labor " upon their own responsi- 
bility. I however view the matter 
a little differently. Avoiding con- 
troversy with my beloved brother 
of Tenn., I wish to express my mind 
on the subject. I consider it is the 
duty of the Church to send men up- 
on such .important business as the 

The Church, or each congrega- 
tion should imitate the church at 
Antioch. Acts 13 : 2. Each congre- 
gation should, in ministering unto 
the Lord, fast and pray unto the 
Lord of the harvest, to send labor- 
ers into his harvest," and I have no 
doubt, the "Holy Spirit" would say 
"separate me Barnabas and Saul," 
(some two brethren) "unto the work 
whereunto 1 have called them. — 
And then let them pray and (the 
Elders) lay their hands on them, 
and send them away. And then, 
"They being sent forth by the Holy 
Ghost," could go forth with power ; 
even the POWER of THE HOLY 
GHOST. Then their labors will be 
effectual. Then the work %vill be of 
God, and not of man. I know the 
church at large, (I mean the Breth- 
ren,) are doing nothing as they 
ought to do in that matter. I know 
some Districts, and some individuals 
are writing, and have been talking 
about it. But what has that availed ? 
Nothing. And no wonder ; when 
we have as plain a precedent as that 
in Acts 13 :, we need not talk about 
plana. There is the plan just at 
hand. Consult the mind of the Lord 
by fatting mil prayer] and when 
the selection is made, then with fast- 
ing and prayer, and laying on of 
hands send them to labor in 
the vineyard of the Lord. And as 
those sent from Antioch went unto 
Seleueia : and thence *<i//> d to Cy- 
prus. They certainly were not car- 
ried on board the vessel fret of 
chargo ; therefore the plain infer- 
encs is the church gave them mean* 
to travel on public conveyances. — 
But the brethren arc in doubt about 









a plan to means, k^. There" 
need be no trouble about that. If 
the brethren all minister to the Lord 
they will say : "I liave nothin. 
what the Lord gave^ and therefore 
he is entitled to all his cause needs." 
Then the dear brethren will not lie 
unto the ll«ly Gf-hoet. They will 
not sin against God by keeping back 
but will come up boldly, and frank- 
ly, with open hearts, and open purse 
and hand, and say : "Here I will 
give this, (and it will be as the Lord 
has prospered thera,) a3 a free-will 
offering unto the Lord.'" Then the 
Church of the Lord will "shine forth 
in her beauty." And the "Garden 
of the Lord will nourish." And 
Binnertj be taught the ways of the 
Lord, by the power of the Holy 
Spirit. May Ood put it into the 
hearts of the beloved brethren to do 
so. Aiinn. 

Fraternally voui 


Oakland, Pet. 

Origin ol'ihr Rivrr Brethren. 

Brother Uuhimjer .—While look- 
ing over my old files of the "/' 
geiieehe Beeueh" I fouml the follow- 
ing in Volume 2, 1854, No. 4, page 
30 ; and as the question of the ori- 
gin of the River Brethren has lately 
come up in the Companion, I conclu- 
ded to translate it and send it to you 
for publication in the Companion^ if 
you see proper. 


From a Magazine, published in 
Baltimore, by the "United Brethren 
in Christ," entitled - / 'hat f- 

tige Martha;' Y..I. 2, 1841, No. 12 
page ( Jo, which has recently fallen 
into our hands, wo take the liberty 
of making the following extract. — 
Should any errors be contained 
therein, our columns are open for 
correction, as in all other 

"It i> remarkable that separations 
or divisions have taken place in al« 

:ill societies, and vet bob. 
place, as yet, among m, (the Unit- 
ed Brethren). It is true that many 
have gone "Ut from as and joined 
other societies. But that nun bare 
separated from us and founded a 
new society, has not yet taken place 
among us, except the River Breth- 

ren. It may be that it is unl; 
to the greater part of my readers 
how this separation took place and 
whence the name "River Brethren" 
came ; so I will here write it down 
as my old uncle, Abraham Hershey, 
who is now fallen asleep in the Lord, 
has related it to me. When broth- 
er Martin Boehm, by the help of 
the Lord, was enabled to lead sin- 
ners to the Savior, it came to pass 
that he founded flourishing congre- 
gations in varisus parts of Lancas- 
ter Co., Pa., especially were there 
three different regions where the 
churches were pretty strong, name- 
ly : the first on the Susquhanna Riv- 
er, in the neighborhood where Mari 
etta now stands, the second on the 
Conestoga, North-East of the City 
of Lancaster, and the third on the 

In those Districts there were, fre- 
quently, large meetings held, and 
when they came together, when any 
one wished to introduce another to 
the brethren and to make known 
whence he was, he would say : this 
\i a C I brother, or a Beckcjue 

brother, or a River brother, and 
hence they knew from what District 
he came ; or, if any one was take d 
where he was from, he named the 
place where he resided. As above 
mentioned, there were annually 
large meetings held at one or the 
other of those places, at which Boehm 
was alws led as the Bishop 

Or leader, and SUCh a meeting was 
never appointed without hi- counsel. 

But in the oour !' a feu years the 

brethren at the River took the liber- 
ty of appointing a meeting without 
(•insulting the brethren in the other 
districts, and without giving !!•>> bm 
an opportunity of assenting tie 
nor was he invited to attend the 
meeting. When brother Boehm 
heard of this meeting, he resolved 
to visit his Barer brethren at the ap- 
pointed time, so that, If there 
be a division, they could not say 

that he separated from them, but 

that thav separated from him. 

lie went there an 1 found that the 
brethren had aire., .-■ the lie- 

: , preparations t > hold tfa 

called I... . be soon | 

that all was not right, and that he 



would not be a very agreeable guest ' \ t 
at the feast. He expressed his con- 
jecture, and said to one of the breth- 
ren that, probably he would be bur- 
densome and offensive to the breth- 
ren if he would join in the exercises 
and that, probably the brethren had 
rather that he would remain absent. 

He received an answer that they 
would hold a council and then they 
would make known to him the wish 
of the o brotherhood. After that they 
had held the council, one came to 
him and gave him the following re- 
port from the brethren, namely : We 
believe that you are much further 
advanced in holiness and in a pious 
life than we are, yet it is the wish of 
the brethren that you would not be 
present at the Lovefeast, and they 
had rather that you would remain 

Boehm answered those who made 
known unto him the decision of the 
brotherhood : Tell it to no man that 
you believe that I am holier and 
more pious than you are. for this no 
ble man will believe you ; but 
that you had rather that 1 would 
not be present at your Lovefeast 
you may tell, for this I believe mv- 

From what I have learned, they 
would not continue with Botha any 
longer, because liberty* was _ 
iter baptism and the oui 

ordinance!. — From the date of this 
meeting they separated from us and 
made their own rules and law- 

far they have adTinoed the 

kingdom of Christ in the world, my 

rs themselves may judge. Hut 
I hope at the day of the appearing 
of the Lord, the will also 

gather sheaves out of this society 
into tin- boaroalv/ gamer." 

To h-ve an enemy :-tin- 

guiahing characteristic 

which 1* D It 

Could be delivered as a pri 

bj I in-: wb i lived and die i I i 

lish \: pie. 





Wa intend hold- 

■ scries of meetings, the Lord 

willing, in the Spring Hun meeting- 

hovse, commencing Saturday even- 

tng, February ittli ; thus not only 

ending an imitation, hut solicit-; 
in^ the ministering hrethren of the j 
neighboring churches, and all others 
who desire to be with as. 

i:. order, PETER S. MYERS.' 
Mc Y< i' on, Pa, 


Under this head we will notice and reply to 

llts, and cive other notices, when 

if id thought advisable to withhold the n al 

ml, 'm all easts, the writer's 

oureelf the privilege 

.miming the propriety of publishing 


II. MooBK. — It was an oversight. — 
You are entitled to 'J nntubers of the present 

PB D&UKDOKWr. Your letter of Dec. 7 
»;i> ad na, instead of Tyrone, 

and' lv on Monday last. 

Ihaai- Kino. Tour letter poet-marked Dec- 
I Altoona, instead of Tyrone, 
lo hand on same day .is the above. 
k !.j QrayWU MyerSj came too late 
for last week, and is now out of date. 

i back nnmben of this volume*' We 
cannot do it. New subscribers must begin 
with the date ol their order*, and continue 
until the corr spondlng number in Vol. 4. 

Editor's Diaiit. We may again resume 
the publication of our diary. For the past 
few months we have not had time to note it 
down, and our recollections are very meagre. 
It appears to us as though we had passed 
through S vast desert, in a half unconscious 
remember a small oasir, in the 
shape of an interesting visit by brother P. S. 

l> I I, I> . 

In th<- Middle River branch. Augusta Co., 

\l;l; \ll \M (, \RBER; 

- months, and 22 days. He 

and 9 

child n i large circle of friends, to 

mourn nil departure ; but we have reason to 

ies is his eternal gain. He 

bad no dctlre to gel well from the time be 

Ired i" be absent from 

- ■■in with I be Lord. He was 

ST Of thl I linreh for many 

Deacon's office for 

II was mueh hclov- 

lU who knew hiin. The mnera] pro- 

. and the 01 

John Hershberger 

and Isaac Long, frnli. Kev 21 I 7. 

Also, In the same branch, Jan. 22nd, after 
j short patuful illness, of inflammation of the 

bowels I \TII\KIM. ALLFORD; 

aged OS and Q daj 

bore her snfferingg with Christian fortitude, 
and longed to depart. She survived her hus- 
band 1 year less 14 days. He had been afflic- 
ted for Hid for lb.0 but 5 or 6 years 
Of his affliction he wan principally confined to 
his bed. Thus they are both relieved from 
their trials and tryublcs in this life, and they 
both departed with a full hope of a blessed 
Immortality. Funeral services by the writer, 
aud others, from 1 Phil. 2:12. 

Litvi Garbrr. 

In the Ten Mile branch, Washington Co., 
Pa., Jan 13, PHOEBE JANE, infant daugh- 
ter of sister Phoebe A. Moon- ; aged 9 months 
less 2 days. 1 he disease was of a Scrofulous 
nature, in connection with Catarrhal 1- 
Thus in the short space of 8 months the be- 
loved sister was deprived of an affectionate 
husband (Elder Samuel Moore) and her in- 
fant daughter, 

"Sutler the little children to come nnto me 
and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom 
of Heaven." L. L. Tomboic.ii. 

At this place, Jan. 27, very suddenly, ROSS 
McCOY ; aged 20 years, 11 mouths, and 14 

The deceased was n young man of quiet aud 
' 60ciable habits. He served in the United 
bi iii s arini.s, where he received a wound, 
which, although healed np, became painful, 
and death ensued after a few days Buffering. 
His remains were conveyed to India 
this state, where they were left to mingle with 
the ashes of his parents aud friends. Editor. 

List of moneys received, for subscription 
to the Companion, since our last. 

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Ab Licbty, do l 50 

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Martin Sayler, do 1.50 

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John ''lingaman, do 1 50 

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I John Wrlghuman Johnsville, Ohio 

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; J R Hildebmnd, South Bend, lad. 

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David Kiminell, Auburn, III. 

Samuel Brumbaugh, Daunport, Iowa, 


1 50 


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G W ( i 
Danl U 

er, \\ beatville, led 
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James -,r 

Harriet Riley, do 

Mary CGauncc, Parnaces, Va. 
Jacob Denrdoiir, Franklin Grove, 111 
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Daniel Harshman, do 

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Number 7. 


: I. 

hand, we ehaH 

upon t! i 



in their proper ' • may 

lawfully desire water to quench our 
thirat, food to nouriBh our 1 
clothes to cover us, and comfortable 
accommodations to .shelter us. We 
desire the | as of 

others when they are willing to . re- 
linijuish tlieni, and we are able and 
willing to offer them a fair compen- 
sation. We may also lawfully exert 
both our bodily and mental powers, 
to acquire a more comfortable house 
ami farm than we now | 

;• motive* >ur exer- 

ind our - fur- 

nished the woi . a multiplicity 

tins, fru 
roots • well 

■ 1 n /urislmu ani- 

1 in 

ii. It is 


: "I 

1. It appears in its most degra- 
ding form in hoarding money, and 
acquiring houses and lands, fur the 
purpose of accumulation. 

'1. It apj>ear< unler the pretense 
of making provision for children. 

3. It operates very frequently for 
the purpose of gratifying sensual en- 
joyments — giving scope to a spirit of 
pride and ambition. 

Of these leading forms we may 
treat more specifically in future. — 
Covetousness being the first great 
evil infused into the lu. ,ur 

•iit -s, which " brought death 
rid all our wo< 
ing an i 
tion in the realms of high heaven, 
down into the depths of bell. — 
.ing revenge upon 'he A!: 
he wends bis way uj oi ■ bat 

le habitation of innocent man, 
and end the be- 

..■•al! wise Croa- 




an i 



implanted in 

■i ' 

-I !■ 




ulii .1 





! bit 







\ I the dragon, and the Bui we si 

ht and hie angels."— operation 
lothinka that :i!l creation through- Christians 


was > inbar- 
to silent amazement wl 
• ■ mighty armies in heaven wore 
drawn up against each other in bat- 
But nature did not l"!i" 
. t in in her dull slumbers of 

thai] confine ourselves to its dear brethren when we examine 1 
ns among the professed Oor. 11, the apostle calls it the Lord's 

Supper, and will correct them for 
their inconsistency. "When ye come 

ther this is not to eat the Lord's 
supper — one is hungry, and the oth- 
er is drunken." And as this is the 

i lei chapter, and always the first 

in order at the 

A"< to EnterprUi . Pa. 

time of our coming 
together to cat the Lord's sapper, 
you should pay strict attention to 

For the < 'ompanUm. 

Answer to Query iu Vol. l, \o. a«. 

in No 26, Vol. l^t of the Com- 
amazement, when the Almighty pow- panion t the following question is ask- 
er moved hiB loyal hosts against the ed, by our brother A. VanDyke: 

tsness and ambi- ••l>id Christ use the same bread, or the right term. Now take notice 
lurled them outside the borders the same kind uf bread, for the Com- that the eucharittic bread and wine 
fcven, and thrust them down munion that he did for the Supper ? immediately follow the supper. It 
times the space that measures Efso, why do we use both leavened W as undoubtedly the same that thev 
day and night," into the horrible and unleavened bread?" I would eat for the supper : for this reason I 
pit of hell. unhesitatingly say : he did use the cannot make so free to call it a 
Oh ! who is it that does not shud- same. I thank brother A', that he lovefeast, but the "Lord's supper," 
i think that that foul sin should introduced this all important ijucs- which is undoubtedly the proper 
find a place of refuge here upon tion, so that it is now open for in- term. I do not find the term Love- 
earth, and reign triumphant within vestigation. I shall give my views feast in all God's Vocabulary with 
the heart of God's own image! Is freely. the exception of one. Jude in his 
it possible that man. as a free moral I examined the question frequent- epistle speaks of a feast of charitv, 
t, should become the prey of cov- ly, and the more 1 do, the more I but that don't seem to have anv ref- 
' '■■ covets the fruit of the am strengthened in my belief, that erence to the Lord's supper. There 

• ili ''..ledge." reaches forth 
I artakes of it, tho' ex- 
pressly forbidden under the highest 
penalty. From the covetous pro- 
f enjoying what was not 

the bread which the Savior broke are still christian professors, hold- 
was the same, that they ate of at ing Lovefeasts : the Moravians, and 
supper. The Evangelist says, — j also the Methodists ; hut not at the 
u \Vhilc they were eating He took time of their Communion, but at any 
bread and brake it." And what other time, day or evening. And. 
his own, and the ambitious de;ire of kind of bread '( Undoubtedly unleav- it is also said. "When thou makest a 
being 'dike the gods, and knowing ened ! As it was the week of mi- dinner or a .-upper, invito nob tby 
good and evil, he estranges himself leavened bread, they had no other rich neighbors — but the poor." It 
from God, the Eternal Father, be in their families that whole week: is therefore a charitable supper here 
comes his enemy, and raising his the vessels, and all iu their houses, spoken of. Lut brethren the posi- 
puny arm ot rebellion against him, had to be purged of every thing of tion that I have taken leaves me not 

the kind. In 1st Cor. 5 : the apos- ! alone, but an old brother, and true 

tie saith, "Purge out therefore the follower of his Lord and Master, in 

old leaven, that vc may be a new the far East, advocates the same as 

transforms paradise akin to hell, 

and exchanges }<>y and happiness 

d misery. Though he 

lurronnded by the muni:' 

of the Deity, though he was permitted 

ry other tree in the 

garden of Eden, and though he pos- 

thing that was pleasant 

leaven, that ye may be a new : the far East, advocates the 
lump, as ye are unleavened. For I do : and I have no doubt that ma- 
even Christ our Passover is sacrific- ny would come to the same conclu- 
ed for us." And hence a little lea- sion, if they examine the subject 
ven leaveneth the whole lump." — prayerfully. But 1 have no pro- 
ceedings that the brethren ever held 

1 therefore believe that the bread 

to the eve and delicious to the taste, that was on the table at supper, was our Communion different from what 

vet he dared to ' and put forth used for the Communion. The only thev now do- 1 submit to the same. 

his hand to the forbidden fruit, fill- difference (in my humble opinion) Another circumstance I must relate 

th with violence, war, is, the Savior giving thanks, or.ask- of ;i - evidence on this sub- 

;ni,l ,„•',, arc t) lC ing a blessing of his Father; it is ject; one that came out of " 

c ta of .-awhile therefore, in the greek language, tribulation." She was brought up 

tte such detestabl I ettdlansf, or encXansttcbread in a family that were Engltt Bap 

trai iple, under font. 

on account of the blessing the Sav- tists ; father and mother and all. 

principle of virtue, and evcrv '"'' pronounced upon it ; and what Frequently we hold meetings in the 
and humanity. 
Volumes could be filled with illustra- 

,- detest- 
! rice, a - dispjaj ed on the gener- 

" r t'u.' woi hi, were all the 

I upon. 

could be more appropriate or suita- neighborhood y she attended our wor 

blc, as the emblems of the Savior's ship regular when opportunity pre 

,orhissb I 1 upon Bented, and like the noble Bereans, . ^ 

the Cl I. 1 hear the brethren Ire "Searched the Scriptures daily 

• inently say. ••this is not the Lord's whether these things were jo," (as \> 

.-upper, but a Love-feast." But my spoken by the brethren) ■ 

and found 

X s 

r— — — - — ■ 




it all harmony with the Scriptures, } ray flour was not permitted to be (bread, thirsty souls for drink*- -T" 

and that wo hud the truth on our brought into their houses ; it had to break the bread, lift op the cup and v^P 

side. She then made up her mind stand outside under the piaza, till in ig vou will be ' \Y . ^ * 

that she would become a member of the week was past. I ate of their need not al : - fc f or t ). l ._ 

our Church. But a powerful oppo- bread at different times ; they arc and the wh; 

sition still, which kept her back for very liberally disposed to christian but armed with the pai 

some time; but her faith did not I professors : and 1 sometimes took thed with the power of r 

waver, she prayed mightily that the some home to my family. It is very mu-t stand read • furanv i 

Lord would provide away for her thin, hard and brittle ; it could not and wait patiently until the ^ree' 

*.» AUM/i/inm Vlio l.i.l nn i-oar rl ■> ■>• lir. nut \. Irli .. 1-. .'('.. 1 .1,,.,,] 1 1...... 4: .1 ] . „. 1 i t- " 

to overcome. She had no rest day 
nor night, her mind was like the 
troubled sea. One Saturday even- 
ing she came to my place of resi- 
dence ; she met me in the road, in 
distress and humiliation saying: "1 
came t » offer myself a candidate for 
ism, with all the powerful oppo- 
sition against me ; fori can hold out 
n i longer." We took her the next 
morning to Germantown, brought 
her before the church ; she v, 
ceh'ed, and baptized, and has held 
out faithful ever since. Now let me 
tell you why I dwell so long on this 
conversion of our sister, is this that 
took place after her conversion. 
tho't all was now right : but the first 
Communion that was held in her pres- 
ence, she discovered an inconsisten 

bo cut with a knife, [should have fields and'sparkling waters" o 
been more substantial but fearing flash on our sight, 
that 1 would, or it would, take I 
much space in the Companion. 

Elder of the Church atGetmantown. 
FitztoatTtown, I' i. 

Buf t! " . whose 

calls them to minister a: th 
of home. And there an 


For t/u Compi i 
•She liath done what nhe eoald.** 
Hark 1 J: s. 

bt "Wheresoever this gospel shall be 

preached, throughout the whole 
world, this also that she hath done 
shall be spoken of, for a memorial 
of her." This was said id' the woman 
who annotated the Savior's head as 
he Bat at meat, lie commended her 
for so doing, and rebuked those who 
murmured at her, by saying lei 

. she hath done what she could. 

j -_ _ _ > .. _ ._ , . . ^ , ...^ v»-_'li ■< inn oil V \.< VS 11 I V4 . 

^•y, and that was by bavin- two kinds Soone need stand all the day idle,f .1 

of bread on the table. She asked there are paths enough of duty open to the fountain n Hm 

St >ck of el, 1 . ]_ r yr ; t 

| is the little ills that , av our 

■ and undermine our best 
lives. 1- 10 much the 1 

*J that wrinkles the \ 
and wearies I itstep. Then c] 

ih other. - Brother 

you them the em 

perfect noma;. 1 , i ,1, ,,» you .-], 
be. Your influence can' ivork 
ders in forming and moulding their 
^Meters. Their m inds 

will catch and reflect that which 
' lovely in you. for "what 
fountain sends forth returns asain 

and should be made bo beautiful 
Uiat its individual mi would 

wish for no other spot in earth, 
then- chief happiness would i 
in mmistermg to the comfort i • 
another- Even Christ can 
be ministered unto, but to mi. 
Do not tear that vou will never have 
ion to Mfil this reciprocal law 
;an^ old ^proverb ,| n - 


in • for our authority ; I had none to for every one,if they will only arouse 

give but our custom. As her belief themselvs enough to look for them, 

met my approbation, I told her that Every hour of ever; day can be 

I believed as she did, but 1 would employed in some way, and in Buch 

Bubmit to our adopted rule or way, a way that "time will not drag irs 

and so doth she, and was ever faith- slow length aim-." but will th 
fill to this day. One more argument than a weaver's .-buttle. 1 "read a 
for my position that 1 have taken, Btory not long since of a little girl, 
and that is, the observance of the who during the extre dd of 

dews on the week of unleavened winter scattered crumbs for the wild- 
bread. They always appoint a Bro. wood birds ; not much in it-elf, but Bpindle and'distafl r°i 
ir own persuasion, to furnish it showed the existence of a principle will send thee flax " If voor ' i' 
the flour for the saidweek^f which sprining from a willing mind and willing you can find opwrSties 

generous heart. Her opportunities enough for every leisuro mo 

were not great, but she did what he and heart and head will d. 


If the daughters ofZion would waken 

from their present apathetic 

Would be no end to tie' 

might accomplish . Women are 
rmpathetio than 

men. and more r . : i I y to relieve suff- 
ering, for sorrow of any nature ap- 
tly to their he i 

it take- a large quantity. My oocu- 

pation was a miller; for a half a cen 

tuiy 1 engaged in th ■ milling busi- 

i'ue_\ fre luentlj demanded of me 

to grind the flour for them, bul 

have too much interfered with my 
own bu ne They likewise em- 
ploy :<■ baker that bake, for the laid 
nreek, and their whole ^brotherhood 
gel th.'ir bread from one place, 
a- this is considered a irated 

bread. The rich most pay for i' 

aiel the DOOr gel it gl ■ 

I did for 3 ear ; upplj a number 

am! means for that r < 

thohand, to be always ompl 

Christ healed by the touch, 

and b ; , ,. 

with power from,,,, hi 
bj a toueh, eoml 
relieve I . 

if them with flow, bat on that week wa>j hungry iouIi are oryin 

they apply The remedy without wait are un; 

ing to discuss the pro s and oon's of have done wh I ,/,/ 

the ease. In t; | | 


■ » 



''*£z^T~ vS y 


"I.<>t lint til) right hand know 
Mini! thj l«fl IiiiimI dtxlli." 

bristian virtues, cbar- 

i an t. lw 

' finds d 
\- a principle in, it 

i- pervading, boundless and un 
Charity has the power of love, the 
spirit rolence, the 

kindness, tlic unosl 

and the impartially —"It 

suffereth long and is kind." < If 
char:: . its modesty is ft] 

;iing — like the virtuous maid, 
it blushes at being observed. The 
eager, anxious or suspectin 
self-glorification drives it from its 

way. Mercy and Truth 

(he whie 
of angels to en and to 

at a smili match- 

I for the 

py human creature that 

can demand its aid. It i- known 

it.s friends nnd 
brethren. The i '.vine and 

the lust of those who vaunt 

i their o 
their own conceit. Charity know- 
eth them not. Its fellowship i- nut 
with tii" proud, the hypocrite, or the 
man chat thinketh himself better than 
that "poor publican." This is the 
true spirit of true charity. Th 

thus instigated arc worthy 

are its chosen companions. "Their f the highest To he true 

ways are the ways of pleasan . Itaman- 

and their paths are paths of peace." ,i ou i Sj '. ]ot I;0t t j, y ^^ handknow 

clime is hurtful to the life of w } iat t i u . i c f t , 

charity. It -peaks every human 
tongue. It comprehends ever;, 
which voiceless Buffering makes for 
| ower of impulsion is 
Christianity, not religion. It knows 
nothing of sects or sectarians. -- 
Bo win 2 before the throne 

J. S. GITT. 

. ./'■/. 

Brotherly Love. 

Love to fellow Christians is a 

grand characteristic of real, or pure 

of the faithful, it claims and undenled. religion. "By this 

all as kindred who kneel with it in shall all men know that ye are my 

r or praise. Its only burden disciples, if ye have love one to an- 

is the cross of the Redeemer. Those other." And while it is the grand 

who aid in holding it up arc fellow- 1 characteristic by which the 

as with it in the "Land of may know that we are the disciples 

." -that home of all natioi >us, it is also the great chaiac- 

kmdred, tongues and people, who teristic by which the Christian him- 

arc worthy of the freedom which self may know of himself having 

Truth establishes. passed from death unto life. " We 

No creation of fancy can equal know that we have passed from death 

f charii into life, because we hue the breth- 

It"li md has its be- rep." Tll ° 6 ran<1 motive of our 

iug" in the heart of every honest love to on r should be, God's 

of mankind. The hypocrite love to us. "If God so loved us we 

Under his ought also to love one another ." — 

ay. It is an -/;/- Our love to Cod and to thebreth- 

v.ho seek self- mi, i U t' l;lt lt 

adnltation. Those who "take the is impossible top one unless 

• ,, t in th( jue," uev- both are manifest. "Inasinu 

er find charity in their company.— ye have done it unto the lea 

und a trumpet before these my brethren, y< me it 

ids which unto me." And ver shall 

l u the Btill give you a cup of water to drink in 

.. the rs my uarpe, be - to 


from Buf- not i _ A' 1 ' 1 ' » a 

- to want, and IV BM to man , ay, I I 1, and hateth 

his brother, he is a liar : for he that 
loveth not his brother whom he hath 
w ca'n he I whom he 

hath not scon." And "bv this we 
know that we love the children of 

.. v. hen we love Cod an 
his commandments." The extent 
of our love to each other is best un- 
derstood, when wc fully know the 
love Christ 'had for us. We believe 
it to be a ?<ue rule, "to follow no 
man further than he I ' hrist," 

and Christ says, "this is my com- 
ma advent, that ye love one anoth- 
er, cm / have I < ." Truly 
Christ could say, "greater love hath 
no man than this, that a man lay 
down his life for his friends." Christ 
laid down his life for us, and if du- 
ty requires, "we ought to lay down 
our lives for the brethren." This 
love will be carried out into action 
in Christian deeds of kindness. If 
we have of this world's goods, and 
we see one of our brethren have 
we will not shut up our bowels 
of compassion from him. We must 
never speak evil of our brother. — 
All anger, malice, evil surmising, 
envy, &c, must be laid aside. We 
will provoke one another to love, 
and good works. We will watch and 
pray for, and with one another. — 
Finally, we will "bear one anothers 
burdens, and so fulfil the law of 
Christ." I will conclude with stat- 
ing, that some Christians lose one- 
half the enjoyment of the Christian 
religion, by neglecting to love their 
fellow Christians. 

Winchester, Ohio\ 

ijacf.. — Patience must be 
learned in the eollesions of men with 
men. - h the 

endle ndlesa 

misunderstandings which arise from 
the das! i n men by men, 

without being hin 

men are disturbed because they are 
wronged, or th>nk they are ; because 
they are gaining less than, is their 
due : or because they are made the 

. of censoriousness. AH 
little experience a man ma 
that state when be can be indifferent 
^se things. 





Appointing Denooiis. 

In all things pertaining t > flic 
gospel of Christ, that gospel should 

made its own interpreter v I 
ever it bears upon th 
consideration, and to the hoai 
. ithina I 

Fnnsiij XVbrsliip. 

Lord, ami to . Frame, < ). 

nni£, ami 

i iulit." ; 

We read that David 



. time 

to settle a question of doubt. If ; Psalms are full of the praise ofl 

he true, then when we wish to Lord ; and he wa~ al 
determine the manner in which any ' confess his sun t.» the Lord bis U >d, 
rite or ordinance is to be observed, ' and I think it is our duty, as well as 
we need but to understand and obey ' his, to give praise unto the Lord, 
what the gospel directs and foil ar sins to God. 

the example if any is given for a I have long thought to drop a 
guide. Let us apply this mode of few lines on the of family 

deciding questions to the appoint- . worship, which I think : is too much 
ment of deacons. Referring to Acts neglected amongst the brethren. I 
0, we find that this class of God's think it is the duty of every brother 
ministers originated from necessity. ! who is at the head of a family. 
The temporal affairs of the Grecian I will now give you my opinion 
widows among the disciples required of the mode of family worship: 
the appointment of some as oversee It is the Christian's duty to read 

of the boor and to adjust other (A- 1 Scriptures, for it is the power of 

iral affairs of the church, for God unto salvation, and w 
as the apostle said. "It is not re: "i-v.. thereby judge or examine ourselves, 
that we should leave the word of God and see whether we square our 
and serve tables.*' It is evident then lives with the same. J would think 
that when a church is organized and I it good to read a chapter, or as 
there are temporal affairs to be at- much as you see pro] 
tended to, the church should appoint nig, carefully and pra r, and 

suitable members to take these alfairs ! then sing something suitable to the 
in charge. According to the direc- occasion ; and then we should come 
tion of the apostles, the qualification? rely befon the Lord, and ask 

of such in ■ ich things as is necc for the 

full of the Holy G I wisdom" | of our souls and the Church 

■ — that is, men who are known tolofZion. rt is notour many words 
thurch at large and who bear a that i , 

►rt from th.- - . and Lord : we should make few » 

and to th ( >ur pel 

are the natur. indwell .-h mid be endvd b pray- 

iiifii wh A . suita- 

family. Wo it we 

r education noc ' ' ould be ready unt > e\ 

I Ia\ ing do- h i 1 thin! 

the qualifies tod work in Mir Christian rqli^ion 

the netimes when 

- - 

tude away, th ut up A 

mountain I often 

rj to the Father, and he com- 
manded us to watch and pray, for 
by prayer we may o\ ► many 

temptations and trials in this v 

There could be much said in re- 
gard to prayer, but if we 
right honest we know that it is our 
duty I both in - ,d in 

public. So if we kno'. 
and do it 
ren and sh-te;> let 
one another, ami provoke 

1 continue in the 
work of th 

will be here with us no m 
we may be admitted in the | ar 

!. and sing ' 
and the Lamb forever. Amen, 

i to J ray, 

■nl bring sometimes at ow , or for our 

'.'•lor.' tl r church fri i or, and then 

thoritii'-i as did the. hould ai prepared to 

moot their n We Romotii 

hands on them, by. which 

■it I thin!. 

This i- the wh . for if we ba\ t do- 

Anything moi thing l( ire to pray that < 

an\ thing difforent " If 

word of God. S. /,. SHAH I', th 

/A './'(. 


i 1 in A : and 

Self.— Above all 
itndy thine 
knowledge that tei 
or specutaf 
which isof use ; 

in the due 

not t » pay tlii 
some time, at 

[ of our 
that whicl 


Upon your 








Tyrone City, Pa., Feb. 12, 1867. 

< (HtlMMMIMMM I . 

/»'.• 'In t II >l.-i»h r : I cannot 
think of living without the Cuinpan- 

The principal reason i- that we 

to labor, and business calls us 
away from home, anl have not the 

- or "] | ortunity of traveling 
■round to see and hear what i- go- 
ing on in tlic Brotherhood. And it 
great satisfaction to all lovers 
of Zion to hear, if they can n it par- 
take in the enjoyments of those who 
are better off in the world, having 
the same feeling for the prosperity 
of Zion. 1 wish every | >< >< «r brother 
and sister could deny themselves a 
little, especially those who have no 
way to go to mooting, nn«l seldomly 
hear preaching, that they could, 
with the Holy Scriptures, also road 
' 'ompanion } that they might see 
and Learn what is transpiring, and 
iby bo more encouraged to sup- 
plicate at a Tin one of graoe, for the 
conversion of sinners ; and that 
truth and simplicity might spread ! 
far and wide; that all, rich and poor, I 
learned and unlearned, might come 
to the knowledge of the truth, which 
is the will of God. U that we all 
might flee from the wisdom of this 
world, and cunning craftiness of 
men, and eome to the true light of 
the glorious Gospel, which is able to 
make us all wi-e unto salvation ac- 
cording to God's own will and 
promise ; if we walk in the narrow 
path, and reach the true light, and 
not turn aside, and jump into the 
steam car of the wisdom of man. — 
What a pity it will be for the wise 
and fashionable followers of Christ ! 

■ when it is too late. My 

r is that God may bless your 
little weekly visitor, and those who 
write for it, especially those few 
that writ'.- on the practicable part of 
our holy religion. May Cod open their 
bearts of love, and hgh| the eandle 
</T Divine revelation in them, that 

may write ir. simplicity and 
truth ; not using enticing woids of 

wisdom, so that the uneduca- 
ted, when they have a little time to 
re. i 1, need BOt lay down the Com- 

j-iu'en, mid hunt the dictionary, if 
they have one, to know what our 
plain brethren mean, o brethren, 
use charitable language, and write 
much on experimental religion, giv- 
ing light and encouragement to all, 
from the time they come up out of 
the water, to the entering of the 
Holy City. And may we all be 
able to say with brother Paul : " I 
have fought a good fight, I have fin- 
ished my coarse, and kept the faith, 
and obtained the crown of glory." 
Again I say may God bless the Com- 
panion, increase its circulation, and 
the price be reduced as encourage- 
iiient increases and justifies, and 

Wo left our home on the 19th of ( 
December, after solemnly commend- 
ing our dear family to* the special 
care of kind Providence; took the 
cars at our station. Auburn, on the 
St. Louis, and Chicago 11. R. Ar- 
rived at St. Louis in a few hours; 
took the Pacific R. R. for Leaven- 
worth city. Kansas. Arrived 10.13 
next morning ; went to our late res- 
idence in that country the same day. 
Found all well ; had an evening 
meeting on Monday evening. From 
thence our course lay Westward, 
some 15 miles, to the Church called 
Rock Creek church. Met Elder 
Christian Fholer and a number of 

bless and encourage all the writers, I others. Found about all the mem 

that it may more and more become 
what it is called, that Gospel light 
mav shine forth from its pages. 

Skarpiburg, Ml. 

bera well ; had several meetings ; 
visited Elder Wm. Gush, some sev- 
en miles farther West in the same 
Church ; had an evening meeting : 
and on our return stopped in John- 
son County, Missouri, with brethren 
Edward and Joseph Wampler; had 
three meetings : found a fine coun- 

JBrother Uohinger : — In as much 
as wo frequently derive encourage- 
ment in looking over the travels and I try and a warm desire for more mem 
labors of brethren vi-itingthe church- j bers to come among them. Return- 
ee in different places, and especial- ' e d home on New Years day, in good 
ly in new countries where organiza- health ; found our family well for 
ttons are springing up under great which we wish to be thankful to kind 

disadvantages and privations, of 
which churches and individuals in 
the more densely populated and well 
improved countries, are, to a great 
extent, inexperienced, we feel some- 
what inclined to give to our dear 
brethren and sisters a ftrief sketch 
of our tour to the Western States, 
and our hasty visit among the newly 
formed churches, and the great de- 
sire expressed by the members in 
those places for ministering breth- 
ren to come among them to sojourn 
awhile, labor for and with them in 
the good work of the Lord, and car- 
ry home with them a favorable ac- 
count of their country and the vast 
field of labor exhibited there, that 
many members, both ministers and 
others might not only be induced to 
visit those parts, but to come and 
live with them ; that that part of the 
world frequently called the Creat 
. and so justly entitled to the 
appellation, may be monopolized by 
brethren and sisters, and thus the 
pure light of the^ gospel be dissemi- 


Newbwrn, 111. 

Brother Uenry : — As for our lit- 
tle church in I cannot 
say much. Our speakers live so 
far away that it is almost impossible 
to hold any meetings more than the 
one on Sunday morning : and this 
does not satisfy me, for I belonged 
to the English Baptists for over 12 
years, and we always had two meet- 
ings in the week, and two on the 
Lord's day ; I have been a member 
of the church of the Brethren three 
years, and 1 long to see the day 
come, when the Lord will send us 
more help, so that we can have 
preaching on Lord's day evening ; 
and prayer-meeting through the 
week. What is a church if it can 
not support a prayer-meeting? It 
is a wonder if such a church does 
not go down. And the same may 
be said of a church that has no Sab- 
bath-school. The children of the 
Brethren that have no school, will q 







V\ go to other Sabbath-school-, until 
^t\ they get endeared to the school and 



cburcli also. Our chinches that 
liavc no prayer-meetings or Sftbbath 
schools, do not prosper, and thev 

v Lost copies, of which [ 


Ml68I68IXAWA branch, I.M). tained t) supply lost copi 

Brother Hohinger : — On page w% have always some. Those who 

80, No. 8, of the present Vol. of the may have failed to receive one of 

UnyamvH , appeared a report of the back Nos. had better not delay 
. . — i | this church from ray pen, which I . . 

will not prosper unless they are will- , have since ascertained is not entire- to ° lon ° in ,ntorm »ng us. 
ing to work as a church should, for \ y correct. The number of mem- n, UirVr i '. ™. ~ v 7 

the savat.on of souls. We mustnot j b ers m th i s branch is near two hun- BoX ™d t ol !l M i 'm'T 

be satisfied, dear Brethren, in mere, dred , instead of sixty-five the report- l ± f™ ldS , n° -n be 

ly being members of the church. If ed nimber . The ~ error 0CC „ P rred ^^Vh^^^t ^K 

we are saved ourselves we must | through the ignorance of my inform- "T> Z^ It , f - g r^ 

work for the good of other-, and ! ant , thou ° ht aud experience from 

train up the children in the wavthey I f f ee i in t he first renort iniustioe °, / """ , f nd 0ther Und8 * As 

should eo I was sorrv to noti -e in i * R ' in J nstlce the fruits of the trees of the earth's 

snouia go. l was son y to notice in was done to our worthy ministers, CA ;i „ r „ m ., , - , ^nu» 

the CW^amo?*, that one of our min- hence this correction soil are most enjoyed around the 

istering brethren is going to leave Your* Fraternally' family board, so should those that 

Philadelphia, for we need heir, here w u nvpna grow upon mental and mora! bourns 

Philadelphia, for we need help here yf '{{ DEETER p ow ^ 0I 

in Germantown, and we must have m'm - be gatheied around by the entire 

help or our church will go dor.;,.— "Mutical Advocate m<l Smaert hoU8ehold - Ho home exercise could 

Truly the harvest is great but the \ Friend." We have received the ? "1?™ »ppropiate and pleasing 

laborers arc few. We have n. t one ! *. "« . rec J" c * «*e than for one member to read aloud 

Br ther Henry: — As it is your 
desire to have more church news, I 
will let you know that we received 
two persons into the church by bap- 
tism at our meeting to-day, 'which 
makes us rejoice to see that there 

Each number contains sever. d pieces , 

c . ,„ , , J cies giving way to refinement and 

of music ( i character Patent Notes) dignity. 

besides much good reading matter. - » — - 

Price ..j cents per annum. Irv it r„ f ,„ 10 »„ , ,, 

... ' , • fortunate — unspeakably fortunate 

a year. Address as above. u t!u . yoTOlg mriu who £ a ^^ 

Hmm «• send Moaey. that he loves, and dear ones nest- 

We have answered this question h " g ! hcr . e *« whom his heart 

are still some that are willing to fol- ' several times, and still it is repeat- SL^LTSE *>l l**?™ 

low the example given by our Lord 0( i if vmi L„ ei - (l .,1 »«•*«<». Ihe youth who baa 

and Master : though at present very -!' lf - ! u J»ve $1.60, or 8f, or to the citj k hi, fortune, is 

cold and stormy? The ice had to &f » or 10 * wwcb 7 0u w,sh to ««nd guarded as by sn angel from 11, a- 

cold and stormy. The ice had to 

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through the snow. But oh, sinner Postal Order Office convenient, 

you may perhaps think the water u then put it up carefully in | letter 

too cold, you could not stand to be ;t nd address it plainly toonr address 

baptized now; but let me tell you. ....i ,i„i;,.„. t , ,{ 

"if you dip in your sins, where God . ,,H "* r " f the post master, 

aud Christ is, there you can not i '" ' ll ,8 : " uur mk ' 

oome ;" and again, if you die in your Larger amounts should be sent 

sins, at the Judgment-seal you will by postal orders or Drafi 

bave to appear, and then ; our i ml ('!,.• 

will be a thousand tin r than ..... 

the water iu tl Id< I r day. B si e k Msisiliew. 

I '" ,|, . v you may yet bave time to ' Send all the back nmnbei 

ven ; he carries Fresh in In- memory 
the picture of a bumble cottage home 
which shelters the dear and v«j 

ed being who -ave bim birth. The 

thrill of her loving toq ih, as she laid 
her hand upon bis bead in bK- 
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the great city, shall bold him ever in 
the Path of i,i!\.. ;„„[ charm the 
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Number 8. 

For the ComjHini"n. 

« <>\ <« Oil SIM SS. 

M MBEB 11. 

When the leading facts and doc- 
trines of Christianity were first j»ul>- 
licly proclaimed on the day of Pen- 
tecoet, those who were converted co 
the faith imbibed its heavenly spirit, 
and acted according to its holy req- 
utsitiou . For we are told, that 
"all that believed," evidently being 
inspired with mutual love ami affec- 
tion for each other." had all things 
common. Their liberality extended 
much further yet ; for those who 
hade r other valuable effects, 

"sold their possessions and goods, 
and parted then '.<> all men, aj 

man had need." So great wai their 
admiration of the love of (iod, and 
rai'', and 10 eleva- 
ted their hopei of heavenly felicity, 
that they I ooluti dewa with a be- 
coming contempt on worldly treas- 
excejtt so far as they could be 
applied^to benevolent purposes, and 
to the promotion of the intei 

•he Redeemer's kingdom. "Neith- 

any 10004 them that 

many as were | 

of land , or DOUSCS lold th'in, 

and brought tin- prices ofthingit that 

were sold, and laid thnii down at the 

• ip" '■■ '■■' 1 ' ,t i i»d distribution m 

mad'- mi Man according ai 

he had need." They were 
ouragin^ idlem 
i .j on the weakhy,like man;. 
re at thin day. 
Church history infor 

the followers ol Jesus 11 
guiihed them in luoh liberaliti 

t) lilhr- 

eoce i" the world continued to dis- 
the follow 

tariee of the ohi 

I or the nuke of him who had 

'Redeemed thorn with bis blood" and 

ht them from "darkim 
marvelous light," tin' I fully 

I with EoUSeS and land-, and 

brethren and sisters, and 

lives to the most severe ] 
eutioiis, that they might obtain "a 

r resurrection," and an ' v 
ruptible inheritance." They Were 
admonished beforehand that they 
were to ho "betrayed by friends 
and brethren and kin-folk, ad 

befoie kings and rulers, and hated 

of all men for his name's sake." — 

Not many yea •■ premo- 

nition 111 the experi- 

of all who pi an adher- 

ence to "the te tilnoiiy of JeSUfl." — 

Hierome, in ! < Jromati- 

bserves, "thi lay in 

- to which the number 

of fiv< cannot be 

pt only the first day 
of January." that 1 

than the al it 

incredible sum of one million eight 
hundttd ctndttffenty thoutand chris- 

nm-t ha\ Q p' ri-li'-.f IV0I11 the 

earth to glut the avai ice and revenge 

of pa. :il ruler 

mart Dtly looked down "ii 

all the wealth and splendor of this 

a mi .■, 1.1 thy 

compared with tin irnich was 

about to be reveal* 3. "Thai 
rather to Buffer affliction with the 

peopli f God than to enjoy the 

ing the reproach of ' 'hi i 
riciiod than the I 

of i ut the third 



bout all 

worship and instruction. Such is a 
brie! outline of the gene] die 

primitive christians, ami their urn 

alleled indiff rid and 

her persecutions. I 

quite different with the chrisl 
professor in this our day. We read- 
ily admit that it is t: 

christian to be dilligent ami active 
in business, in OJ for 

hi- ownesj ecially for bis own I 
and to distribute tad 

unto all men," "for <iod loveth a 
I i • 

rinthians in hi-, second • | bat 

1 is able t> make all 
bound toward them, that they, al- 
ways having all sufli 

bound t i 

work ; a, it i written. In- bat] 

: he hat! 

poor; his righteo ineth 

r." Hut when !. up- 

on tin- condui ■ 
ould be . 
that the acquisition of riches and 
honors Is tin- great object ofp i 
and the ultimate end 

. privations, ami 
are undergone bo- | 

• alth, which would I 


and afflicted (ami] 

of an i:. 
tal -owl. Tin 

• wise manifc I ull . 

satisfied with tin- wraith 

n when 
comf • with V 

religion i- a!' 


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envies tlic man who i> rioher or more 

iirOsperoui than himself, and he casta 
it- Blind him on the posscs- 

uons of the poor, if perchance, by 
cunning and deceit, he may acquire 
them at half their value. However 
fast his wealth may increase, his 
Irishes are never satisfied. He thinks 
he has a right to be rich, and he 
murmurs against the dispensations 
idenee when they frustrate 
ichemea and disappoint his ex- 
pectations. Gratitude to God and 
reliance on his providential care, 
tenderness, eympathy, and kindness, 
arc virtues which can never find an 
cntranr. I I fi vt ; for all the av- 

enue- to true enjoyment are inter- 
rupted, and closely shut up by the 
cold hand of avarice. 

Such is a faint representation of 
the covetous man who "lays up trea- 
sures for himself, and is not rich to- 
ward God. "Not a few such char- 
acters pass under the christian name, 
and ha\ e a place in the christian 
church. "Ye cannot serve God and 
mammon." This cpaotation is true , 
to the letter, as well a3 all scripture \ 
quotations are. It is impossible for , 
a soul thus absorbed in the accumula- ' 
tion of money, to serve his Creator, 
or to submit to all the requisitions of 
the and consequently it must < 

be alt igether unfit for engaging in 
the sublime exercises of the heaven- 
ly world, and relishing the enjoy- 
:ts of that '•inheritance which is j 
incorruptible and that fadeth not 
away." An immortal foul tftovel- 
ir, the Just, and having for it? 
highest aim to heap up treasures 
which are nevt r to be amoved! and 
demiting those incorruptible riches J 
ch $hall endure forever ! What 
folly can l>o compared to the con- ' 
duct of such an infatuated mortal ? 
"Who that ever tasted tW> pleasures 
of knowledge, or felt the sweets of 
l'<'ncficence, or the comforts of relig- 
ion, can but pity the poor wretch 
whose son] is chained to earthly 
tree lad tortured on the rack 

of nvari 

. car* 1 I11M of pold ' whrn for thy f.ikc 

throw* op hM iniorroliu both worlds; 

in ttiU, then damned iu that 


8 B. FURRY. 

J'or the Companion. 
Ciiod'fl OrraMion. 

Whatever is your situation or 
condition, or by whatever circum- 
stances you may be surrounded, 
you can always "lay hold of God's 
occasion floating by." Speak a 
kind word to somebody, lend the 
weary a helping hand, or give the 
thirsty drink, for in so doing you 
will renew your youth, and promote 
your happiness, as much as if you 
had sipped of the fabled waters of 
the fountain of perpetual youth. — 
God has scattered opportunities for 
doing good all over the world. — 
Great acts of benevolence, that 
sweep over society like an avalanche, 
may not be in the power of all ; but 
wherever a group of human beings 
is found, there too, are found wants, 
that only a kind and sympathetic 
hand can reach and relieve. It is 
the " small sweet charities " that 
bind us to our fellow man, and bear 
us above the ills and perplexities of 
life. An Omnipotent hand has 
placed the poor, the afflicted, the 
sorrowing in every land, no matter 
how fair its skies, or beauteous its 
landscapes, that no one may say, 
"we never saw thee sick or afflicted, 
or poor and needy, or we would 
have ministered to thy wants." — 
Opportunities are all around you — 
some are present, while others are 
passing ; then 

Act — act in the living present, 
Heart within, and God o'er head." 

Remember when an occasion for 
doing good once passes it never re- 
turns ; in its place you will have 
only vain regrets and blighted hopes. 

If God has seen fit to endow us 
with wealth of mind or matter, the 
gift should bow our heads in deep 
humilitv, or lift our hearts with a 
more fervent devotion to the Giver 
of every good and perfect gift. — 
The day will come when his own 
will be required with usury ; then 
blessed is that servant who has 
rightly improved his talent, for his 
reward is sure. It is our blessed 
privilege to cast aside that which 
ensnares the bouI, and lay up treas- 
ures where moth doth not corrupt 
or thieves break through and steal. 

Fellow-laborers, be up and doing! 

The Church has need of every mo- 
ment of your time. Re instant in 
season and out of season ; sinners 
are waiting to be spoken to — wait- 
ing to be called to the marriage 
feast. Every man is your brother, 
and every soul is the twin of your 
own ; therefore love him as you do 
your own life, and seek out ways 
and means to bring him to the Shep- 
herd and Bishop of souls. The 
times we are living in are fearful. — 
All around us great movements and 
reforms are going forward with gi- 
gantic strides. Old systems are 
crumbling, and new ones are rising 
on the ruins of the old. God is 
working the destiny of nations, and 
moulding them to his will. Daily 
the mystic workings of his Provi- 
dence are made manifest, and ere 
long the grand plan of his rule will 
be finished, and peace and good 
wiji toward men, will once more be 
sung in chorus by a band of herald 

Valley Farm, W. Va. 

m m 

For (he Companion. 
Perspicuity of the Scriptures. 

The Bible should be, as it is, clear 
and plain, since it is a rule of faith 
and practice. Some parts and some 
things appear dark and obscure, but 
by "comparing spiritual things with 
spiritual," or dark passages with 
those that are clearer, they may be 
plainly understood. Moreover, the 
light of the scriptures has been a 
growing one ; dim under the dispen- 
sation of the law ofmoses,it became 
clearer through the writings of 
the prophets, and clearest under the 
gospel, where as in a glass, we be- 
hold with open face, the glory of the 
Lord. Yet in the Gospel dispensa- 
tion, and in such clear writings and 
epistles, as those of the apostle Paul 
who used great plainness of speech, 
there are some things "hard to be 
understood." Sec 2 Cor. 3 : 12— 
18. 2 Peter 3 : 16. And this is so 
ordered, to remove all contempt of 
the scriptures, to humble arrogance 
and pride ; to engage reverence, to 
excite attention, and to induce men 
to search them with close study, ap- 
plication and prayer. Nor are the. 






scriptures clear and plain to every See 2nd Peter, 1 : 19. All classes 
one who reads them. They are a j were to read them ; not only were 
sealed book, which neither the learn- 1 the kings of Israel to read the law 
ed or unlearned, can understand and of the Lord, but all the people. And 
interpret, without the spirit of God, at certain times they were to assem- 
who was the dictator of them. The blfl together to hear it read. — Hut if 
natural man, by the mere light of it hid not been plain and easy to be 
nature, may understand the gram- understood, it would have been to 
mattical sense of words, but he does no purpose for them to attend it. — 
not understand their spiritual mean- Deut. 7 : 19, 31. 11 : 12, 13. Our 
ing ; yet they are so fully expressed Lord* commands us to search the 
and clearlv revealed, that if the gos- ] scriptures, which supposes them leg- 
pel is hid "to any it is to those that ( ible, and intelligible. John 5: 39. 
perish ; who are left to the native ; And the Bereans are commended as 
darkness of their minds, and to be being more noble than those of Thes- 
so blinded by the god of this world, alonica; because they searched the 
that the glorious light of the gospel scriptures daily, and compared what 
miirht not .shine into them. See j they heard with them ; so that thev 

[». 29: 11,12. 1st Cor. 2: 14. 2 
Cor. 4 : 3, 4. But the Scriptures 
are plain to those who have a spirit- 
ual understanding ; who are spiritu- 
al men, to whom it is given to know 
the mysteries of the kingdom. What 

might know whether thev were right 
or not. Acts 17 : 11. 'Rev. 1 : 3. 
In the times of Xehemiah, and Ezra, 
persons of every sex, and age, who 
were at the years of maturity, and 
had the exercise of their rational 

can be plainer than the precepts of faculties, had the law read to them : 
the law, commanding one thing and j Ncheraiah 8 : 3. And Timothy from 
forbidding another. In what plain a child hu-w the holy Scriptures. — 

2 Tim. 3 : 15. 

language are they expressed : "Thou 
shalt have no other God's before 
me ;" " Thou shalt not kill," fcc. 

And likewise lie has told us what 
we must do to inherit eternal life, 
and I hold that tho promise extends 
to us, to those that live up to all 
the commands of God's house. If 
those commands that appear so of- 
fensive to some professors had been 
of no importance, or so "nonessen- 
tial as they say, they would dot have 
been worth noticing, and would have 
been left with the numberless thing! 
that were spoken 'by our Lord and 
Savior, and by the apostles, that 
were not written. 

Oh, how clearlv assorted is the 
great and fundamental doctrine of 

Wm. II. QUI XX. 
MrAlarti/n Fort, Pa. 

J'ur t'u CfottlfM ■ 

To in.v Young Fellow .Ht'iubers, 

Young Brethren and Sisters who 
have set out with me and are now 
compassed with many foe-, do we 
give heed to the thing! which we 
have heard of Jesus and daily yet 
can hear ; and do we take guard 
against the things which so easily 
is ? or are we negligent and 
unconcerned m our Promises made 

to God, before witnesses, when M 

out for Glory, and with Jean into 
Jordon went, are we now OB our 
Daily watoh, at commanded. 

the gospel ; that salvation is alone sail" watch and 1'rav that re enter 

by Jesus Christ, through tho free 
grace of God, and not of the works 
of men ; and so is everything of be- 
lief necessary unto salvation. The 
whole of scripture is the "sure word 
of prophecy, whereunto men do well 
to tako need, as unto a light that 

not into Temptation. And again,' 
1'rav without sensing," Now we 
general] read watebin 
ing ther e fore if we shajl 1'rav with- 
out oeasing, we oughl 
without ceasing. 1 in mv 


Pilgrimage haw learned that 

shincth in a dark place; and is thus, has no re Tune, therefore 1 

the means of dispelling the darlcni Know watching at all times is af 

of ignorance, error, and unbelief J Great importance and particlarlv to 

and of giving light all around, both us who aro yet Young and have 

with respect to doctrine and duty, agreed with the I' '>t : " \ ain IMu- 

to he: 

i fi 
are o( leu 


sive world adiew," and bid our vain 
and idle companions farewell. To 
us watching is of importanc, for if 
we watch not, we will not show them 
a good example and this we must do 
if .we will please God. Not if we 
meet with them put 'he Light, ' I 
has given us under the Bushel, and 
then take part in vain and Idle 
talk, as we did before, which is for- 
bidden by the word of God. Rath, 
er let our words be few, an 
ed with Salt, Col. 4; 6* thinking of 
the words," Men shall give an ac- 
count of every idle word," and also" 
whatsoever ye do, do to the Glory 
of God- But instead of vain talk, 
if our hearts are full of the Love of 
God, and God grants as giace, let 
us tell them in what a dangerous 
endition they stand. We are taught : 
•• I'erfect love casteth out fear." 
But above all and in every ease let 
us watch. Let us watch in our seeing 
and hearing, and thinking, and in 
every thing see well that we take no 
delight in things which are an Ah 
mation in the Bight of 

particlarlv the tongue, which u an 
unruly member, full of deadly pois- 
on. If we are tempted with 
thing*, and will over come, let us 
not forget Fattqina, and the thi 
our Father has spoken throu 
son Jesus which will scan 1 avail 
as at the Judgmement day if we 
follow not in his ways in which 
has given us an example. Let us 
think of the !. ire our !'•:'., : 

us, and then 
unto Perfection, that the 

I e onto us. and • 
meet together in the Laud of 
M Oh I. an . i j„ h f or • 

ler brethren an* . \>h d 

'■■ore experien e I who 

unger, let us !. 
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IX ikIim ks to |||«- World. 

■ load «iih Christ, tto Micvc 
thnt we dhnll «1m> live with him." Koi 

N injunction is more necessarily 
•1 apoo the heart of a Chris- 
tian than that of the Apostle ; " Be 
not conformed to the world;" "Love 
not the world, neither the things 
that arc in the world." Now these 
injunction.-; are unquestionably both 
proper and neee-sary, but they evi- 
dently must be received in a proper 

Ihfl same Redeemer who said " If 
any man love the world the love of 
the father is not in him," was not in 
so morose and unsocial in his nature 
as to hate the world. He did love 
with the most exquisite intensitv the 
natural world. "For God so loved 
the world that he sent h'13 only be- 
gotten Son." lie was not dead to 
the eternal interests of the Human 
Family — to the changing tints of 
heaven — to the deep blue wave of 
Jordon — to the lofty peak of the far 
distant mountain — to the moddest 
lilies as they grew a voiceless but 
fragrant sisterhood — to the fowls as 
they gathered their tender brood 
beneath their wings for shelter ; in 
fine, to every sight and sound of the 
entire creation he turned a quick 
eye and and a truly sensitive ear ; 
and his heart responded with inimi- 
table love to soothe the afflictions 
and sorrows of those who came unto 
him ; even the basest and most de- 
praved were esteemed, in his sight, 
fit subjects for his love ; nor did he 
dislike the beautiful features of so- 
cial life. 

His happiness, after his fellowship 
and communion with heaven, was 
next found in the cultivation of so- 
cial intercommunion. He was in- 
deed without a hearth or home, or 
whereupon to lay his sacred head ; 
but no doubt he enjoyed sensibly 
the delight of festive social enjoy- 
ment. Simon the leper, and Martha 
of Bethany, each could attest his 
companionable qualities, while the 
favored John could declare, that, 
for social and confiding fellowship — 
the perfect intertwining of the sil- 
ver coids of love, Jesus of Nathar- 
etli had no equal upon earth. To 

inteligent enjoyment he was not a 
stranger. In his early boyhood, 
when surrounded by the Jewish doc- 
tors in the Temple, he heard and 
asked them questions, and partici- 
pate! bo largely in debate, and 
evinced such love for it, doing his 
father's business, that hoary sages 
were amazed. 

In maturcr years he worshiped 
in the Temple of Truth. He . elici- 
ted thoughtful arguments from the 
developments of the natural, social, 
or political world, and applied those 
arguments to the great object of his 
mission upon earth. In on sense 
the Savior was fully alive to the 
world ; and was also in our sense 
conformed to it. He went counter 
to no single innocent custom. He 
conformed to prevailing domestic 
customs. To social usages he con- 
formed as much as to the ceremonial 
law ; not, indeed, to any fashionable 
luxury or evil did he set the seal of 
sanction and approbation by his 
acts. The monster vice, even when 
guilded in the most luxurant style 
he sternly abjured. 

In a main and exalted aspect, 
however, was Christ dead to the 
world. The love, or worship, of 
Nature only brought his soul nearer 
to God, its source. While beholding 
flood, dell or flower, he saw God in 
them all. Dead to the triumphs of 
worldly honors, he was alive to the 
work of the presiding Godhead, of 
whose essence the greatest under- 
standing was but a spark. And 
then, was he also dead to the influ- 
ences of those three self constituted 
divinities of earth — pleasure, wealth, 
ambition. They might utter their 
voices, but he heard them not ; they 
could find no lodgement in that bo- 
som, which, in the golden balance 
of the sanctuary had weighed their 
utmost pretensions and found them 
wanting. To one throb of unhal- 
lowed appetite he was dead ; to one 
yearning after personal promotion 
and agrandizement he was dead ; to 
one worshiping glanoe at gold and 
lucre he was 'lead. The myriad in- 
of Fashion and Folly buzzed 
about him. but he stopped not to 
look at their painted win-;-;. V'iv 
him the imperial purple and the staff 

of royalty were but baubles of a toy 
shop. For him, a name in camp, or 
court, or favor, had no attraction 
whatever. For him the click of 
worldly lucre was dull as the echo 
of a shallow cave. The whole ac- 
tive machinery of policy and inter- 
est had no single spoke in its wheel 
to divert his gaze from truth and 
right. The stirring agencies had 
no spell for him — nay, as in the 
case of the dove sellers in the Tem- 
ple — they had but connected them- 
selves with unhallowed ends — they 
did but arouse his righteous indig- 
nation, and elicit an outburst of ve- 
hement rebuke. Thus dead was the 
Savior to the world. . When the 
world iuterposed its bidk between 
his spirit and Jehovah to cast a 
shadow on the light of heaven ; 
when the earth elevated itself before 
him as an object of adoration, he 
ground the golden calf to powder, 
and strewed it to the waves of obli- 
vion. Alive as he was to beauty, 
and truth, and justice, he was dead 
to all that perverted their force and 

Now we are told by the apostle 
that we must be dead with Christ, 
and if we are dead with him we shall 
partake his life. The Christian, 
then, is not called upon to be so 
dead to the world as to snap the 
bond which connects him with civil 
and social duties, and rush into the 
wilderness of inactivity and supine- 
ness. He is not to separate himself 
so completely from humanity as to 
be a by -word for singularity that is 
selfish. A Christian is neither to 
bo slothful nor Avorldly minded. — 
He is to use the world as not abu- 
sing it — dead thereunto by affilia- 
ting heavenly Divine affections in 
the mind — loving (rod supremely 
with love incxpressable, reaching 
beyond time into the incomprehen- 
sible depths of fruition, in endless 
eternity ; living thereunto in a sec- 
ondary and minor sense, as in view 
of time only, and that of necessity. 
He is not to join hands with guilt, 
though the ship of enterprise, like 
the combined fleet of Hiram and 
Solomon, should come hack from 
the ophyr of corruption, laden 



t ' the carters' edge 


Tyrone City, Pa., Feb. 19,1867. 


with spoils pre- 
cious to the world. 

When the tempter approaches to 
put his yoke upon the believer, he 
is then called upon to resistance. — 
To yield to passion here, is to fore- I nn^^i^^T^m 
sware allegiance to linn who com-vX^iV-^J, , . 
mauds us to mortify the body off>3^ 
sin, and reduce to a moderate task 
even the natural impulses with 
which he has endowed us. In this 
exalted aspect the child of God is 
to be dead to earth with Christ. A 
citizen of heaven, as he certainly 
is, his conversation and walk must 
indicate and 
of his origin 

his destination. In his ears, attuned 
to catch the music of a better world, 
must be ever sounding the caution : 
"This is not your rest; arise ye and 
depart, for it is polluted." Such 
deadncss to the world will engender 
life— alive to all that is true and 


ility School* 

-Please in- 
dulge me in a few lines in the Com- 
votuon, relative to our little Sabbath 
school in Phila. 

At nine o'clock Sabbath morning 
we gather within the walls of our 
humble little meetinghouse, on 
Crown St., below Callowhill, and 
ublirnity £*«■ assemble in the capacity of a 
and the grandeur ^f i ^bbath bchool. It M truly a soul- 
refreshing time to those 01 us who 
meet with the- lambs of the flock for 
the purpose of giving instruction 
and planting in their \0un2 and 
tender hearts the germ of righteous- 

when we think of many young and 

tender heart? that have, through the 

instrumentalities of our Sabbath 

School, I ■ 

gregation, and sre now trying to 

follow in the pa of our Savior. 

I say when we behold the- 

and view their glorious results, we 

are led to exclaim from the very 

altar of our hearts. Thank God for 

the Sabbath School ! 

Among those who have labored 
with us for the past nine years, and 
who still continue to work for the 
cause with unabated love and seal, 
we would notice brothers Fry, Ei- 
senhower. Hnnshtrarger, and Evans; 
ten Worrell, Hammer, Lyad, 
and Roberts. And we now have 
assisting us many of our vounc 
brethren and sisters, who have late- 

«r~" r~~ lv enlisted beneath the banner of 
ness the written word of the true & ng K!nanuel . W e feel 
and living God. And it makes our tli;uikfu , fijr their heanv 

beautiful-alive to every spiritual hearts g 1 ^ to b t eh ^ *«* f m ^ n H tion and zeal i. 
preception-alive to every sense of fe 63 a * they , enter . the ^ do /> r > 



luces » tney enter tne cnurcn aoor p ermit me , the Brethren 

duty and obligation-alive to the I ™ d . to licar *« ***** ot httle fee J throughout the land, if vou have no 
sweetest fellowship with the Loed he :l ^hey march to their accustomed Sabbath Schoo , aUaeI ; ed ^ 

-alive to evcrv claim of l m . , ^s ^d cduster around their de- pl aee of worship, proceed at o,u-e to 
manity-alive to the pleadings of **•" |° h % the uaroe <> f 

the inner voice of love and pity- J f* w - £ ul Al wben 1 *V 8 L W ? ', ' 
alive to the sanctions of conscience, I chorus Wlth their gladsome hallelujas 
and awake to its least intimation 

Though mild as 
prompting-' he w 

from Lite unto 

a Zephyr be it-, 

quietly pass on 

Di atl 

and from 
Death to a higher and better life, 
and be with Christ for evermore. — 

Shirley ibutg i I'i. 

A Mi.i; all, the most attractive and 
winning influence which we can bring 
to bear upon men, is the disposition 
made sweet and beautiful by the in- 
dwelling of Christ Jeans. .This duty 
of testifying for Christ everybody 
can perform. It does nol require 
genius or learning. The things that 
will make Christianity mo I pop 
fill in this world are things that are 

available to persons of the dj 
ilender oppo r t un ities and endow* 
menu. Beecher. 

Shun evil company, and evU GOBI 
pany will Kliun you. 

organize one. Delay not. Sab- 
bath Schools, if properly comb. 
will become a great and mighty 
lever in the advancement of the 

Church of Christ. Greater alory 

voices like holy in -ense would s>ar ...m „,, .i,..-. „ . \t Q „ .' 

■ •', , m , , NN1 " en>nnne u>. Alan v souls will 

and iar beyond be madc 

unto the Almighty Cod, the Ever- 

lasting King, methinks 

their sweet 

t he- 


above the cloud 

the stars, until they penetrate 

rerj portals of heaven, gently 

ing the ear of 8 sw mercy 

whilst the great God iimoolf smiles 

upon us and blesses our labors in 

their behalf. 

We have, in our -cliool, one dar- 
ling little girl four years of a-.-. | 

striking picture of innocence and 
purity. We call her little Ida. — 
Sin- commits to memory numerous 
if Scripture, and frequent- 
ly whole Psalms, which she recites 
to her teacher, Sabbath after Bab. 


v. .- ind 
ing with an i i this 

ble work. \\ lien we 

the children surrounding their 
teach itching eaeh 

it falls ffom their lips 

wlnn we hear them Biugina their 

happier, and many more 
fiud ' \nd 

if it be our happy Jot, when tin 
•no more, to mingle with the Bl 
washed throng, thee you may meet 
the little lamb yon have led t i the 

Savior whilst her.- below'. Then 
they will sing j\ f 

gladness, when J ' l0r 

them all in his nrnx. and call them 

blessed forever. 

itlicr tlu-iu Id, gather tin-ill in, 
lu-r llu- ( In 

'.rr III. Ill llltO llir >.. ol." 

I'et not this glorious mean 
bin. ili t i 1 ' i 1 1 >. ~ t pas-* by un- 

heeded. May 'he •, dawn 

when all the mecting-hooeee, and 
pUoeS of worship of the Brethren, 
will have a Sun I 

And my humble prayer to the « 

i i- that he niav put it in 
hearts of our brethren 

sweel of thanksgiving; and everywhere to gather little 


— • 





era in and pom them to Christ, when 

you will soon see the happy result, 

and with jour brethren and sisters 

in Philadelphia, thank God for the 

A'aliliath School. 

liter lli'-m in willi « ChrUtlan lov, 
Gather thera in, (rather them in, 

Ithef lluiii in fur Lh< (lunch :iliu\v, 
Uallur, jcutlu-r lluiii iu.'" 


1'lul, , Pa. 

\rw llj urn Itoohs. 

While on my visits anion.; the 
churches the members are every- 
where inquiring alter the New Hymn 
Books, and some are almost becom- 
ing impatient. What can be the 
cause of the delay in publishing the 
new Books ': Last Spring we were 
told they would certainly be ready 
by Fall. Fall has passed away and 
Spring nearly here and still no , 
books. For the sake of having a 
uniformity of hymn books, if foi no 
other reason, we hope the committee 
will hasten on the work. 


Brother UoL*in<jer : — Brother Pan- 
abaker thinks it no charity to receive 
double numbers of the Companion. 
Why our brother has come to this 
conclusion I am at a loss to know. ' 
Does he receive too many of those 
lovely messengers from the North, 
South, East and West, bearing on I 
their faces the happy intelligence of 
sinners fleeing from the wrath to 
come, and making God their refuge! 
0, how can their be too much. There 
is too much love for money, too 
much gratifying of our sensual lust, 
too much idle and vain conversation, 
much talking about our farms, 
horses ami cattle ; but there is not, 
and cannot be, too much time spent 
in reading the Bible, our Church pa- 
peri, and i/ood books. If others do 
not accept of it as charity we do, i 
and 1 believe that we reflect the 
minds of many. We are sometimes 
at a loss to kuow how some people 
spend the long winter ewenings. Ah 
- one, we read the Bible. Very 
good, brother, but why is it, that 
those that read the Bible, and noth- 
ing else, don't know bo much about 
it alter all ''. As a general rule thoso 

who are the readert read the Bible 
and understand it ; those who are 
the talkers talk about horses and fat 
cattle and are at home in that sphere 
only. We love Bible readers, but 
we do not like to hear a brother 
when asked to take our papers, Bay 
he has his Bible to read and that is 
enough. As a general thing, (and 
it is too much so) he seldomly gets 
it read. 4, He that readeth much 
and wUelv devoureth everything 
within his grasp and accepteth that 
only which is good." 

Secondly : Who are the poor that 
the price must be reduced. I know 
of some poor men but they have good 
farms, and plenty of mone}', and 
when their wealth runs, their de- 
sires for it takes wings and flies far 
ahead of it so that wealth never 
overtakes them ; consequently they 
are poor — miserably poor — always 
craving and never full. 

Again their is another class of 
poor who have money at their fin- 
gers ends when it is to be devoted 
to the decorating of their houses, 
their horses, &c, and to the lustful 
cravings of their appetites, but when 
there are to be a few dollars spent 
for the Companion, economy is call- 
ed into question, calculations are 
made, the mighty dollar is viewed, 
turned over, and viewed again, the 
balance is brought — the monev — 
tens and hundreds, that is spent for 
the gratification of self, is placed 
upon the one end, after which the 
few dollars which are to be spent 
for that which is bread, when lo — 
and behold — up flies the tens and 
hundreds — down sinks the few — 
heaviest — because the man sinks 
with it. The response : "I believe I 
will not take the Companion. It 
costs too much to take both the 
Companion and Visitor. 

There is a third class who have 
not got the means, but it is because 
they spend ten times the cost of pa- 
pers for things that are neither good 
nor convenient. There is a class 
who deserve the sympathy of the 
Church and the church will meet 
their wants. So there is no cause 
for a reduction of price, but a large 
expansion of Christian liberality. 
The price is very low, and were the 

thousands of dollars which were 

thrown away by those who profess 

to be a peculiar people, devoted to 

a good cause, every poor man in the 

I country might lie s ipj lied with the 

npunivn, a a copy oi the Bible in 

the bargain. 1 am sometimes thought 

I to be an extremist, and perhaps 1 

am. but what is not well said, is well 

meant. "Ho," as the Prophet said, 

"why spend ye your money for that 

winch 1.-. not bread." 

JLCountlstoivn, 1'a. 

We cannot let the above pass 
without a few remarks, by way of 
explanation. Brother Brumbaugh 
refers directly to brother Panaba- 
ker's remarks, yet we believe that 
not one of the sharp points which he 
draws are aimed personally at bro. 
Panabaker. We do not think the 
two brethren are personally acquain- 
ted. Brother Panabaker'e views do 
not appear to be dictated by a want 
of liberality, but, according to his 
ideas, from a sense of propriety. 
He has subscribed and paid full 
price for several copies for poor 
members, thus proving his motives 
are good. But he has tor some rea- 
sons, we suppose satisfactory to him- 
self, set his head against enlarging 
the Companion, which, perhaps, he 
thinks is insinuating itself by the 
double numbers. If all our breth- 
ren who have the mean3 were as 
liberal as brother P. there would be 
few of our poor members without 
the "Companion." We make these 
remarks to guard against any per- 
sonal applications which might be 

j drawn, as we know thero are none 
designed by the writer. ''An ounce 
of preventative is worth a pound of 

' cure." — Editor. 

Brother Hohinger : — I have no- 
ticed a communicatioun in the Com- 
\panion, written by brother P. H. 
Beaver, headed, "It Will Work."—, 





V\ Now, brethren, it tvill ivork better 
y, than any plan I have seen yet in 
spreading the Gospel West, South, 
East, and North. We can preach 
too much and cultivate too little, as 
•well as we can plow too much and 
cultivate too little. If we plow /ill 
and cultivate none, we will have hut 
a sorry crop, and so it will be when 
we send our brethren on a missiona- 
ry tour. They may do some good, 
there is no doubt, at a considerable 
expense to the Church ; while the 
other plan, if carried out in the 
right way, will do much more good 
in the cause of our heavenly Master, 
with little expense to the Church. — 
And that plan is for each arm of the 
Church to have but two, or, at the 
most, three preachers at one time ; 
and wherever there are more than 
that number let the Church buy 
them out, and let them go and set- 
tle where there are no brethren that 
are preachers, or where there are 
none at all, rather than for six or 
seven preachers to be at one little 
arm of the Church, of forty or fifty 
members, and have a scope of coun- 
ty ten or fifteen miles to preach in. 

Now, beloved brethren, we are 
doing very little good to what we 
might do if we were some where 
else, where there is no preacher. — 
Then why not deny ourselves a lit- 
tle. If we have good homes, that 
is no reason we should not 6ell to 
some one, and go and buy another, 
where we can do the most good for 
starving souls. It is our earthly 
home wherever we live, or wherever 
we locate, there will be our home 
on earth ; in fact, this world is not 
our home. I am willing to go any 
whore that I can do the most good 
for Cod and man. Of course we 
are doing some good here, but there 
arc seven preachers in this arm of 
the Chorea, and tin- church OOttld 
easily spare tour of tin-in, and do as 
much good as we all do, and per- 
haps more. 

Now tin- reMOtl why we d>. 
gO is, we are not able to M unless 
we can sell our farms. This arm 
of the Church is Dot able to bin us 
nut on account of losing bo much 
through the war, and money scarce, 
and not much to turn int ttonoy, 

and therefore we cannot sell and 
must stay where we are until we 
can sell out. Now my plan is this ; 
let those arms of the Church that 
arc able to do so make up money 
and buy those brethren's lands that 
are willing to go where there are 
no brethren, and send them in this 
way, with her prayers, to do the 
work of the Lord, and Cod will 
bless us all in so doing. Our lands 
can be bought low now, or at least I 
will almost let a brother, or the 
Church, have it at their own price 
There aire one or two more that will 
go if they can sell out. There is 
a large field open now in the South, 
for the Brethren to labor in. We 


good Lord for guidance, and rely, 
ing upon his promises for aid, I g 
forth hoping to be directed where 
mav be of advantage, as an humble 
instrument to point souls to the 
Lamb of God. 

In going thus into a strange land 
I ask an interest in the prayers of 
my beloved brethren and sisters, 
that I may be sustained by the Al- 
mighty God. If I go by divine di- 
rection, all should feel anxious to 
see the Savior's command obeyed ; 
all can assist by prayer, even those 
who refuse to give of their abund- 
ance need have no conscientious 
scruples about praying for the spread 
of the Gospel, or for the advance 
ment of the true cause. Let u* then 
be united on at least one point, that 
of praying for the success and en- 
couragement to those who feel it a 
duty to labor a3 missionaries. Pray 
for us that the word of the Lord be 
not hindered. 

In Christian bonds, 


71 f 

rely- CL 


can preach the Gospel in its 
to every creature. 

Now who has the good of souls at 
heart, enough to aid us in going to 
preach peace to them that are far 
off, as well as them that are nigh ? 
Shall we carry out this plan of 
spreading the Gospel ? It is the 
only plan that will do it successfully, 
at the least expense, and the great- j 
est profit will be the result. I Brother HoUinyer ; As I said 
would go without selling out if I had that I would acknowledge a receipt 
the means to go, for " he that will » the Companion for the money I 
not forsake houses and lands for received for the building of the 
Christ's sake, and the Gospel, is not White Horn Church, Tennessee, I 
worthv of him." now acknowledge $5, which is to be 

I will drop tho subject and wait credited to South Bend Church, Ind. 
for the decision of the beloved Also $10 | tea dollars ) from brother 
brethren. May God grant his bless- Jacob Longanecker, of New Enter- 
ing upon us all, is the prayer of \V™*i Bedford Co., Pa. Total $15. 
your unworthy brother. Who will The donors of the above have our 
go, and who is willing to let them J sincere thanks. The same was re- 
go that are willing to go, time will ceived with thankful hearts 


Mountain Xallri/, Tenm. 

rim.wKU'HiA, Pa., ) 

Feb. 12, 1867 

fcVldkir //o/cui'/er : — I am now 

ready to depart on a journey into 

the Southern States. My 

being bo spread the Gospel (as we 

■ and practice i i"^ s • 

anion,' the people in tbeGulfSl 
To wbit points I may travel, and 
iio-v long 1 may remain absent are 
question! that shall be answered on- 
ly in tin- future, and as circumstan- 
ces may dictate. Trusting in tb« 

Your brother in the bonds of love. 

many of my 

There are doubtless, 
brethren and sisters, desirous of 
knowing my whereabouts. I take 
this method of informing them, that 
I an now in the ( vmpani ■/» 
Tyrone, Pa. My 
will please note this and address me 
i accordinglv. 


/.' 'h>r llJuni/tr; as some of 
the brethren contend that it is a 
vain repetition to use the 
"sir," and that it is BOl in .v 

mice with t: I st_\ le, and 






belong to the Christian's tke language of the Scriptures that Bart » suvoiey. white spring, p» 
. I have selected the paee ..„,. , im ^)a after him only as her o^A?^^^ 

*• * ord child, or from fear that he he would 
occurs. Luc readers <>l the ( ■>m- , ,. , , , 

panion can decide for themselves lose his parents, though, no doubt, jj^™ 

whether tharc i< anvthina ra holy 8UC h thoughts would possess her David Bioeber, 

.,, , ., • J i , , , , . , John 1' fa tit 7.. jr. 

wril tint will prohibit its n-c. or mind, but she may have been indue- Henry Ft*, 

rtlle, Fa 

13: 27. 

•• -1 : :',". 
Join. 1: 11.1.">,1:\ •• 

John 5:7- " 

U JO . OJ_ u 

J. w 

WaUrlo i, / ■ i '. 

John 30 : 15. 

7 : 26. 

John l'fautz, sr. Gettysburg, Pa 
Jacob Diehl, "do 



rom our language, by ( ,i • It after him from a desire 5 G r n ' B, i ler 'J a 

examinrng the passages referred to of Ili:lili:ililli , t() , 1( ,. S( ., f and her s.rab Zmi, V 

below. i xi . » k .,.,.. Mta» Buttle Garber, New Hope, Va 

UUSoand, tbe blessings 01 UlS divine ' Isaac MlhVr,RoUlngPraideInd 

,.,,,.;, ,t v N,;, ry A BrodC86i BourneysvUlo, Ohio 

sutltl . > ' Gabriel Kittcrman, Monlpell. r, Ind 

"Hoffia it that .ve sought me?" F, u .X cCo / ?, ,tc ?'' d ,° 

J Mathlas ( lark, do 

In order to enter properly into the Alfred Sadeliff, do 

c t -i m' ■' ■, John Roop, Bockiand, la 

spirit ot our Juvenile Master, and Stephen Toder, Washington, la 

| understand the proper drift rf bis KKSSiSft * 
reply, we must place the emphasis David Oiks Dayton Ohio 

, j ., , „ , r • • ' t-liznl>Rih Huckcv Union Bridie Md 

on the word "sought, "HOW IS it Leonard Barmen Bcnevola Md for 

tbit jetOUgkt me." lie does not ' '"uv '.'.S^nly the names of those from 

i wish to reprove his hind mother for , wll0ln "" r ccciTC money. 

coming after him, but it appears 

strange that they should seek him, 

1 1: 15. 
19: 25. 
27: 10,21. 


A. .50 

••How is it that }(• sought mc?" 
Luke 1 : 4r». 

The above remarkable tpiestion 
propounded hy our Savior, to 
his earthly parents when they 
sought him, and had found him sit- 
ting "in the midst of the teachers, 
both hearing, and asking them 

jtions, and in reply to his moth- 
, , , , , ■ " ,./« , , . L>id ye not know ; the very lan- 

er who addressed linn : "Child, whv .,.♦,, J 

.. ,. u u , , -,i o t>' ; S ,ia ^ c implies that they cither did 
did st thou thus deal with us I Be- I ' J 


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hold, thy father and I sought thee, 
sorrowing." Remarkable question, 
v. for even his parents did not 
understand "the saying which he 
spoke to them." But "his mother 
kept all these sayings in her heart," 
just as we are told she did the things 
which were told by the shepherds, 
"concerning this child." 

"How is it that ye sought me ? 
Did ye not know that I must be in 
my Father's house 2" Jesus very 
well knew that his mother had not 
properly meditated apoa what she 
knew of the "manner of child" 
which be was. No doubt she had 
often pondered over these things 
and perhaps the "JI"ly Child" had 
given her many manifestations of 
hil divine nature, while under the 
parent il roof, and she might well 
hare known that no harm could he- 
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Number 9. 


Might Thoughts. 

■ \ I >.nv the sun carplodej 
wHllcing his diurna] roadj 
And saw the blazing pieces fly, 
Like bombshell fragments In the sky. 

solar liL'ht began to rati, 
And darkness o*er the earth prevail ; 
As when the twilight fades away, 
About the hour of closing day. 

1 saw a mock-snn standing high] 
The Btars were fading trom the sky •. 
nt too was muring pale, 
As if the powers Of heaven would fail. 

■ i ill Btate of iliin{rs, 
Which fear in every bosom brii 
Mankind do always dread thy ■ 
Lei Light prevail) thou pats away. 

The darkness disappeared again, 
And light prevailed once more ; for then 
Another Bun began to shine 
With glory beaming all divine. 

I dreamed I saw the nnc<-U fly, 
At Aral bal few, though by and by, 

many more appeared in view. 
And thence across the heavens Hew. 

l,o ! streaming from the Eastern -ky, 
Ten thousand ai nod to fly, 

A- ■ b< n t be Bon of Man shall come, 
And angell take the harvest home. 

The world with consternation f-'nzed ; 
ill were troubled am' amazed, 
luch a bight they never law, 
Thai stunk them with delirious awe ! 

Oh ' I w. s glad, well might I be, 

That I could holy angi Is see ; 

Km •_-! .iilib i still my soul will join 
To play their golden harps tliviue ; 

Wh( n, w ■'uh i he angels and the l.atnb, 
• the throne 01 the I Am, 
l mi -i t my brethren to adore 
.My blessed Jesus evermi 


tur tlu Cotnpun 
'•Thc> iniiriiiiir<<l im>iin*t tho 
good mini ot tii<- boose.** 

We are prone to murmur at the 
iod when thej 
travene oar inclinatioi • dis- 

position "to fi t the Lord" 

i in proportion to the hireling 
of those ■ into the 

vineyard. When man stood in 
relation to God, the tVwm< diati 
(litiun of life and ha] p - obe- 

dience. I ay W\q immediate coudi- 
F .1 Mediator they bad no 
the relation sub- 
man and In 
In led the n- ■■■ $$itg of a Mi dia- 

tion, for of a .'/• 

. becai 

\\ stating betwi 

tor. It was do and live. In his 
apostate state, man lacks the ability 
to do, both as to motive and extent, 
which the essential Divine Law re- 
iiuires, while his desire to live, as 
the reward of ku doing, remains. — 
l>y nature, man ever feels toward 
(iod as if the withholding of what 
he regards as good were an arbitra- 
ry restriction, and as if the allot- 
ment of what he regards evil were a 
detraction from his desert. This 
element of corruption cleaves to the 
elect of God their journey through, 
although it has not, and cannot have 
the ruddei of their being in its con- 
trol. When fealty to the King of 
saints demands the sacrifice of 
"houses, or brethren, or Bisters, or 
father, or mother, or wife, or chil- 
dren, or lands," or whatever is rep- 
tted by these specifications, this 
hireling spirit is first of all inqusi- 
tive as to its own personal gain in 
the venture : " What ehall wu have 
therefore?" "We must work out 
our own salvation," but we cannot 
bring God under obligation b j 
ins that, the knowledge of which, 
and power to do which, is wholly a 
matter of grace. (Jod does not 
need our works, hut we need his re- 
ward, and we most labor, not with 
the hi itive, primarily, to obtain the 
reward, but to glorify the grace 
that vouchsafed us opportunity to 
" work the works 01 Cod." We 

gain the unfading inheritance, 
bj | '_ mi ai foi our sen ices, bat by 

alone. We will be rewarded 

according to oar work r oar 

Where no work is dune in 

the vineyard there can be no re- 
ward; for not only this reward is 
, but the appointment of the 

.(/-.'. To I i l>y our 

. our ir], ', life viould have to 
ji< f, both in tin • t'f'f- 

1 UtolU mi lit. To be ttft> id 

ii ii/i'iit works, would be to be I 

without •,,■! . . i'i wmks 

can i io i tjui?aleai for eternal 

glory. Yet some one's work in«t<t 
be an adequate consideration for all 
that the saint can enjoy in Ileaven, 
or no fallen being could ever get 
there. Such is the work of Jesus. 
The sufficiency for the work was in 
His Divine-human person, tknmgk 
which our redemption was affected. 
This is our righteousness, and the 
ground of our hope, our all in all. 
What emanated from hit person, in 
the fulfillment of the Law and the 
bearing of its penalty, is the fasts, 
the primary condition of our rescue 
ii out tiie pit, our readwisfcion into 
Paradise, and our enjoyment of its 
glory ; and what flows from our per- 
sons of the life of Christ, in the form 
ol obedience, is the secondary condi- 
turn of salvation, the appropriation 
of what itfinuked, the being clothed 
upon with the righteousness which 

consummated, anticipativeiv, 
"before the foundation of the world," 
and accomplished actually long be- 
fore w. had any being. Why then 
would we "murmur at the good man 
of the house," for giving us as he 
sees meet, when be owes us nothing 
at all. Peter asked, "what shall we 
hare therefor - though his 

vague, aspiring conception would be 

filled out by Christ's reply with 

arithmetical precision. He received 

the right answer, although it a 

high above his tier of know led,. 
anything that Christ cur m; 
The lesson spplies t • us. " 

jiertti is the M :ruth 

which comes in as the groat n 
ting condition of our 

Murmur not al the h 

holder, foi . with him lor 

;i pennj . u Tribulati< i 

and "fierj tri mponenta 

tur stipulated reward, 
mur not. "Is thine eye evil 
• 1 am "in sending 

tgh whatever ii 

Keeper of tin ..dp 





i ■ . how 

11 to Lo 

■ they 

.'.■I suinctiinca manifc t, when 

»f their loving l'a*i > r leada 

into the valley of trial — ■when 

conducts them into 

to hold B prit fete i,i- 


fully, !*.» v i . 

!.. l''.'\v indeed are 

...... time, 

glory in tribulation, and sing the 
litii iu the furnace of afflic- 
tion. . alas, <lu wo hang 
uur harps upon the willow i, and re- 
fuse I of Zion in n 
land. We are slow of 
to learn, that when we fall in- 
t > diverse temptations we are but 
placed in circumstances in which we 
are by grace empowered to present 
kclo, an 1 make an impri 

I, which unfolds the 
true, distinctive character of the 
Lamb's wife, and which shows her 
bment to the Bridegroom. "If 
ye love me keep my command- 
ment-;." Here are two that arc 
perhaps more neglected than any 
other: "Count it all joy when* you 
tall into divers temptations." "/•' - 
/ trior that "hap- 
mto you." Be "Aa£py"when 
ivhedfoT the name of 
Christ." "Glorify God" when you 
:■ a- a Christian/' Too often, 
. we are tempted, reproached, 
ad persecuted, we forget 
our high lineage, our new horn re- 
lation to tlte true MelchiscdeC, the 
I iuce of Peace, and allow our Car- 
nal nature a temporary ascendency. 
It i- the devil's joy, — if the most in- 
tense emotions of infernal malice 
may he called joy— and the justifi- 
cation «>f his adherents in their im- 
penitenco and ungodliness, when the 
" chosen generation" exhibits the 
very traits which characterize • the 
ild. Oh, what injury may be 
and what 
a painful, alow healing wound inflic- 
| on our own souls, by one angry 
mate word, one act 
r ; . .; springs from the revi ed ele 



< L. 

of our partially sanctified na- 

. bo the means, howev- 
' . turvial, that turns some 
-oiil into the hellward luii- 
quator that girdles eve- 
ry individual history. All these re- 
pulsive exhibitions in the life of be- 
lievers, in conditions for which they 
lined when they entered into 
ant with God, are a kind of 
tive murmuring " against the 
good man of the house." Let all 
who "love the Lord Jesus Christ in 
sincerity," invt»ke the God of all 
grace night and day, for that decor- 
ation of the Bride of Jesus, which 
will present her to men and angels, 
to herself and the world, "fair «.< 
Uu moon, clear as the sun, and ter- 
rudc at an army with banners.*' 

Union Deposit, l'a. 

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I 'or the Companion. 

Brother Sharp's communication 
under the above caption is partly 
correct and partly not. He says: 
".Neither self-praise nor denuncia- 
tion of others is any part of that 
.sword." I admit that self-praise is 
no part of it. What is that sword V 
Paul says, Eph. G: 17, ''the sword 
of the spirit which is the word of 
God." "In the beginning was the 
word. The word was made flesh." 
John 1:1, 14. This word made 
flesh, we all understand to be Christ. 
Then he is that sword, for out of his 
mouth gocth a sharp two-edged 
SWOrp. He being that sword, did 
he ever denounce anybody. Let us 
see. lie say> to the Jews, "Wo 
unto you ye blind guides." "The 
blind lead the blind and both fall 
into the ditch ;" thousands of which 
we have at this day, as well as at 
that. "Ye fools, and blind — yc 
generation of vipers, how can you 
e the damnation of hell. Matt. 
23 : 1:1 -:;:J. "Ye are of your fath- 
er the devil ; his lust ye will do ; he 
i- a liar and the father of it." John 
8 : 44. So says the sword of the 
spirit which is the word of God. — 
Let us consider one another, to pro- 
voke on,' another to love and good 
work-. Heb. 1": '-' I- Let us con- 
sider, i <■ investigate, each others 
religious doctrine and if it does not 

pond with the law, give ic a 
gentle stroke with the sword i 
spirit, the object of which is to cor- 
rect, and not , or abuse, 
and the result very often is good. — 
Thou hast the doctrine of the Xico- 
tations which thing I hate. R< 
6, 15. Here the Lord denounced 
this class of people, lie even said 
he hated them. So that the BWOrd 
of the spirit gives us full right to 
denounce other corrupt doctrines of 
religion, brother S's. to the contra- 
ry notwithstanding. But as we are 
commanded to be wise as serpents," 
we should always know how to ap- 
proach the transgressor. Instead of 
striking his combativeness, approach 
his reason, when you are much more 
apt to accomplish your object. We 
have even a right to hate his doc- 
trine as shown above, but to love the 
transgressor, when you will correct 
him in the spirit of love. If he is 
inclined to hear treat him mildly, if 
not, use the sword more sharply, not 
forgetting to let him know that your 
object is his benefit, and not expos- 

Perhaps brother 8. and I will not 
differ if we properly understand each 
other. I think that we have a ri"ht 
to correct or refer to any false or 
mistaken doctrine, but we should be 
very careful how we approach it, 
and know how to use the word light- 
ly or sharply as the case may indi- 
cate. An outburst of denunciations 
of others without first informing 
them wherein they are wrong is un- 
wise, and results in more injury than 
benefit. It would be wrong if we 
were to see a blind man nearing a 
precipice and not warn him of his 
danger. Equally so with those 
blinded with the doctrines and tra- 
ditions of men, nearing the judg- 
ment bar of God. 

A. LEEDY, Jr. 


When De Tocqueville was iu this 
country, he asked to see an Ameri- 
can Sabbath School, and was struck 
with astonishment to find a liiblc in 
the hands of almost every child. "Is 
this common ?" he said to a friend. 
"What a mighty influence," he per- 
tinently added, "it must have, upon 
the nation !" 





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For the Companion. Man Cometh. And ,flji3 same truth don of onr sin*. This, then, is the 

True Holme**. vull ] iear proclaimed almost every fir-t or internal prerc.j 

"I some times think that pome •of Babbath, by the faithful rainUter. hership in the Church of Chi 

the Brethren do not fuhVbelievc the And you have not forgotten that The second or external prerequu 

Lord is coming: if they did; they wheresoever much is given much is baptism. B nie- 

would live more with rclference to ! will he required again." The men what in connection with the Church 

it." of Nineveh heard but one sermon of Christ, for he it. Bat 

The above words fell under our and that w^s, "Yet forty days "&c. what i-> baptism 1 It is a vi 

notice, while looking over an ex- And they repented in sackcloth and riot of profession, or a public ne- 

change. It being very suggestive ashes. God ha^ spoken to you knowledgment of the relic 

<re thought we would try to make a through his son; do you >teli'">o bus Christ. Also, it may ;•- 

few applications of the same. The him? If you do your faith is dead typify' the regeneration of 

second coming of Christ, like all for "faith without works i-: dead tine. .' 

/,f]i ( v, :..*.— i *_..»!. u„, i i.,.: — „i •' \ _ i. i.i : .. : . _ ,- . , , 

truss! v 

(crintural truth-, ha? 

is, nas been being alone." Arouse, work the eration is accomj 

perverted by poor mortal little while given ; show that you do mean 

man by prying into the hidden believe him by your actions. And d 

things of God. This however, does now is the time, ere that Angel, who in this typical set. 

not destroy its truthfulness, but in- is to stand one foot Oh sea and one blem to represent the 

variable silences the fears of sinners on land, shall with a mighty voice cacyofthebl 

and lulls the church I . and proclaim time no longer. Slav the f ' 

sometimes causes them to think closing canons, of the new testament the day of Pei 

that he will never come, and will scriptures, which came from the such as inquired what tUev ra 

not shape their lives with reference courts of Heaven above, to John in to Le paved: "Repent and b< 

to it. JSut, Brthren, " cast not the lone Isle, be daily sounding in tized" and tbev gladly 

away therefore your confidence rfhich our ear-, sinking into our hearts, word and we'n'ba 

hath great recompence of reward, and cause us to shape our lives with to the Church. By i 

for we have need of patience that to it: '-Surely I come word they 

ment?, which v. 
Jas. A. SELL 
• , P ' ■ 

after we have done the will of God, quickly 
we might inherit the promise : for 
little while and he that shall 
come will come and will not tarry." 
Let us not doubt the truthfulness of 
\\\< coming. But let us pray " come 
I Jesus come quickly "and 
while we pray for his coming, let ua Christ has but one Church, and who have 
too, that we are prepared for it; there is but one way of entering in- Ification, 
shape our lives with refference to it. to that ("lurch, ami ia order to find I 

all that way we must refer to the prac- union with the Church • 
tieeofthe " . The first pre And it is equal I 

Sinner a word t> you. Do you requisite t> membership 

What nre the .Scriptural IVorc- 
qnlMiten to Membership in I he 
Char eh ot Jesus Christ ? 


ThU we can do by submitt 
Gods righteous requiremi 

t i membership in the 
really believe the w,rl of God^If Church of Jesus Christ, as 
so why not obey if ?Do you not P 

i he men of Nineveh, shall ri<e 
up in the judgment and condemn 

implied faith. 
baptized and i 
The apostl 

mined tndard, (a ol the n I 

ration of our nature.— u 

When sinner* were awaken.' 1 mil r '.' .■ CWch wl 

th • preaching of the apostles they i 
instructed t. believe in the 

hrist True faith and i 

repentance mutually imply each Chnrch • • 
other. When t' 

you. They repented at the preach* 
of .Jonas ; his sermon con! lined 
bui few wordd : "Y< t forty d 

-. ertnrown." 
I» i you think- if 1 had but forty 

. to wait f.r the coming of to believe in <'ln 
Chrnt, or death, I would my implied, and when thiey w< >• 

life with roll to it. Relieve mauded to r 

me thai your condition U worse Now the !■ rrepentai 

than t 1 ■ Ninevitof. ward God and faith in our I 

Show mo if you ean, where God and I 

days? On 

the conl 

lie not tell 
"lir j p in such an 

hour I ; ; oil think QOt the Son of 

tion. ■ ' 

• the ( borcl • hri t 

lie i • mud • R pel 

id implied t i God in the 





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For tht Compa tilon. 

B <oiiiutI«mI with Ke- 

[Coiitlnilfttinti uf No :i. on )>;..:<■ 48, .iccldcu- 

dltod in lis proper place. ) 

It is unworthy the dignity to an 

immortal mind to have its affections 

absorbed in the vanishing splendors 
of earthly grandeur, and to feel 
proud of the paltry possessions and 
distinctions of this sublunary scene. 
To foster a spirit of pride and vain 
glory in the presence of Him who 
"sitteth on the circle of the heav- 
ens," and in the view of the over- 
whelming grandeur and immensity 
of his works, is a species of presump- 
tion and arrogance, of which every 
rational mind ought to feel ashamed: 
and therefore, we have reason to be- 
lieve, that those multitudes of fools, 
••dressed in a little brief authority," 
who walk in all the loftiness of pride 
have not yet considered the rank 
they held in the scale of universal 
being — and that serious and pro- 
found contemplation of the immensi- 
ty of creation would have a tenden- 
cy to convince us of our ignorance 
and nothingness, and to humble us 
in the dust in the presence of the 
former and preserver of all worlds. 
We have reason to believe that the 
most exalted beings in tttc universe 
— those who are furnished with the 
most capacious powers, and who 
have arrived at the greatest perfec- 
tion of knowledge — arc distinguish- 
ed by a proportional share of humil- 

for in proportion as they ad- 
vance in their surveys of the Univt ,-- 
sal kingdom of Jehovah, the more 
they feel their comparative ignor- 
ance, and be convinced of their lim- 
ited faculties, and of the infinity of 
objects and operations which lie* be- 
yond their ken. At the same time, 
they feel that all the faculties they 

M, were derived from ///,« who 
is the original Eountain of existence, 
and are continually dependent for 
their exercise on his sustaining en- 
ergy. Hence we find that the an- 
gelic tribes are eminently distin- 
guished for the exercise of this hea- 
venly virtue. They "cover their 

with their wings," in the | res- 

our degraded world, "to minister to 
them who shall be heirs of salvation," 
and to execute whatever he prescribes. 
Throughout the sacred records, 
pride is uniformly represented as 
abhorrent in the sight of the Almit/h- 
ti/, while humility is. marked with his 
approbation. "Lvery one that is 
proud in heart is an abomination to 
the Lord." "God resisteth the 
proud, but giveth grace to the hum- 
ble." "Thus eaith the high and lof- 
ty one who inhabiteth eternity, 
whose name is Holy : I dwell in the 
high and holy place, with him also 
that is of an humble and contrite 
spirit, to revive the spirit of the hum- 
ble, and to revive the heart of the 
contrite ones. 

This is a consideration which 
deserves the serious attention 
of the young men, when they first 
set out in the pursuit of knowledge. 
They are apt to be puffed up with a 
vain conceit of their acquirements, 
when they have acquired only a 
smattering of learning, and have 
scarcely entered the porch of the 
temple of knowledge, and to vaunt 
themselves as if they were raised to 
a high elevation above the vulgar 
throng. Let such remember that 
even the illustrious Newton, after 
the vast acquirements he attained, 
and the noble discoveries he had 
made, when he approached the hour 
of dissolution, declared, "I do not 
know what I may appear co the world 
but to myself I seem to have been 
like a boy, playing on the sea-shore, 
and diverting myself now and then 
finding a pebble or a prettier shell 
than ordinary, while the great ocean 
of truth lay all undiscovered before 

The subjects of astronomy to 
which Ave have hinted, and some- 
what directed the attention of the 
reader, afford a striking view of the 
condescension of the Divine Being 
toward man, especially in regard to 
the redemption of our fallen world. 
The atonement, to which the author 
in a former article has directed the 
attention of the reader, will be mag- 
nified in importance, and display 
itself conspicuously and more pow- 
of their Sovereign, ami fly erfullv in the cond a of u Ood 

with cheerfulness at his command I in th« flesh" This Benti 

im- U 

eply im- U 
■ Psalm- f\> 
noctur- - ' 

ment seems to have been deeply 
pressed upon the mind of tin 
ist, when contemplating the 
nal heavens, viewing the res] 
ent orbs everywhere around him in 
the uanopy of the sky— the moon 
displaying her radiance — the plan- 
ets in their courses, and the innum- 
erable host of stars— his thoughts 
seem to have taken a flight into" the 
regions of immensity, aid by the 
guidance of his rational power's, and 
the assistance of the spirit of inspi- 
ration, he tikes an expansive view 
of the multitude, the magnitude, and 
the grandeur of those magnificent 
globes which roll in the distant 
tracks of creation. Overwhel 
with the view of the immensity of 
the universe, and of the perfections 
and grandeur of the Creator, he 
breaks out in the language of a 
ishment and wonder, " Wh n I on- 
rider thy heavens, the n;,rh of thy 
fingers, the mo '-hilt 

thm hast ordained; what is man 
that thou art mindful of him f "ml 
'' ■ J ■" / Iran that thou < i 

him r* 

In no dispensation of the Almigh- 
ty is this Divine condescention bo 
strikingly displayed as in the econ- 
omy of our redemption. Ti 
countless myriads of worlds and in- 
telligences are under his superin- 
tendence, and are incessantly celle- 
brating his praise in the 1 
^trains ; and consequently, though 
all the apostate inhabitants of our 
world might have been forever an- 
nihilated without being missed amidst 
the immensity of creation, yet, amaz- 
ing to relate, the joyful announce- 
ment was made to our rebellious 
race, '"God so loved the world, that 
he gave his only begotten son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should 
not perish, but have everlasting life.' 
Soon after the fall of man this glori- 
ous intelligence was announced . 
in even succeeding age Cod raised 
up a successi 'ii of ] r_.oph.ets to an- 
nounce the coming of the great De- 
liverer, "to foretell the suffering 
( 'hrist. and the glory that si 

«r." And when the time ap- ^ 
pointed in the decree of heaver, ar- 
rived, the promised Messiah was at ^ 
length ushered into the world 


at 1 1 

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77 ^ 

•T bring you good tidin 
: -li shall be I • 
tile. Fur unto vim i ; this dav 

in the city of David, a which 

rut the /. <rd." And in 

>>ur sublunary world 
if the '"i./iles 
there is b height and a depth, a 
breadth and :i length in tbe Lure of 
God, which is in Christ Jesus, that 

;it dv a multitude of angels, having passeth all knowledge. AVhen we 

winged their flight from the heaven- consider the depth of misery from 

ly mansions, joined in a chorus of which it rahes na, the heights offe- 

congratulation and praise, "Glory licity it exalts ns, the bound! 

>d in the highest, and on earth, turoofita operation, and the evcr- 

peace, good will towaid men." Our Laajtin mance of all its biess- 

Ltedeemer haying passed through ings, we have reason to exclaim in 

the scene of his public ministry, and the 1 1 of admiration, with tbe 

raanifest3d himself to , "Behold what manner 

God with power," by a Hove th er hath bestowed 

ificent miracles, which he per- upon us, that we should be called 

formed in every region of the land the. sons of God!" tlnto him that 

of Judea — "was led as a lamb to loved us and washed 113 from our 

." delivered up to the wns m his eira blood, and hath 

Be verest Bufferings for our sake, "and. us kings and priests unto God and 

lient unto death, even bis Father ; to him be glory and do- 

the death of the cross !" And while' minion forever and ever. Amen. 

be hang on ■ the of the works of God, 

awful and striking miraoles byapiou 

I to the surrounding strate "His eterns rar 

spectators, in order to display the bead," and, • utlv, will lead 

dignity of Him who suffered,,, and bim to in bUword, and 

importance of that "de > a veneration <.fhL //•■'■/ A^sse. 

which wai plished at Jerusa- But, if studied with a vain enri 

Th • sun was clad in black, ! might lead us to fall in! 

the heavens were arrayed in like, the aacient 

rl-,th, the day was turned into night, ans. "Be , | 

and for three BOUT* darkness cover- Cod, they glorified trim Dj 

ed the land. neither were they thankful, but 

The rocks rent asunder, the foun l in their imagination 

dationof tbe earth did quake, the their foolish heart larkened ; 

rent in twain professing themselves wise, they be- 
ime fool . 

from tbe 

pened, and many l.od- 
who slept ar 
'J'iii- uderful event 

and tlie most illu 
Divine love that was everaunounued 
to our world. What ili-|d;i \ s of Di- 
i inc love- and mcrcj \a been 

worlds, and oth 
of beings, not in i 

ation to >l '■ rmiu ■ W <• dare not 
affirm that, in other 


Tyrone City, Pa., Feb. 20, 1867. 

< OIUC!.SlM>VI>l.\< •!■:. 

I when J . Icing 

. tbe an sffoi 
Divine empire, similar displays have lost and ruined world. But .-till, 
not been made; for i r with all the effort, we hear tb 

traversed the depths of immensity to ..i people and I 

#1 'in all the dispi asati I iver into Maoedoni i I 

Almighty in every province of ( rea- help us," A. 


, pointed 
be apos- other seventy and sent them two 
tred, and two ■ : re . : - face, pub- 

lid «. Vet, with all this, 

ya t i his disciples : " The har- 
vest is great but the laborers 
few ; pray ye therefore th. 
the harvest that lie would send forth 
laborers into his harvest." Luke 
10 :-• Hence we see with all this 
there was not enough yet for the 
work. And he desired the di- 
to pray that the Lord might send 
wow I ' the work. Bui lot mc askt 
Ware not the keys of the kin 
committed unt i Peter? which 1.,- - 
he used on the day of I' 
and are now, I believe, committed 
unto tbe -Church of the li. 
The Lord works by means, and be 
riven the Church the power to 
send her ministers forthjn that that 
ne cornn his disciples to 

teach and to baptize them that 
Itere : t of that nu 

bebev< raids of i 

v to 
come \ Why the Church of the 
living G id, whioa is the ground an 1 
pillar 1 »j troth, by and through the 
her mi 

Th<9 »postle v - that Christ 

left u< an example that we th >uld 
follow hi. >!,.,,. i peter 
And in the exam] 
thorised an I sp]>ointed his 
• forth and preach, 
the Church, which is the 

Chise, follow tbe exam] 
r ininisti 
of Chri 

1, for « i 
dl they | i 
that | ■ iould | 

come t . t | u , 


luiniitera. I'm- question 
lurch do her ilut 






in^ in-r ministers Forth in answer to 
calls that ar<- mad.' by breth- 
ren who have no help, Mid an 

'. to the mercy of devouring 
wolves, and crying help! help!! 
when ik» help oomes. Brethren, we 
arc living in the last times, when 
God himself shall appear. EIow 
shall we stand in the trying hour? 
It is known by all that we profess 
to be the followers <>f Christ. Then, 
it the followers of t 'lu-i-t, let u- obey 
Christ, ami Bend forth preachers, 
not only to those who < - a!l for help, 
bat 1 1 those who are as it were, 
shut up in the heathenish darkness, 
ami led captive by the devil at his 
will. Oh, brethren, let us wake up 
from that Lethargy that we, as a 
body, an> in. and slumber no longer, 
hut make haste and delay nol to 
keep the commandment "f Christ, 
and follow his example. But again : 
how tar do we, as a Church, come 
up to it ? 1 leave it for the breth- 
ren to consider. But this I know, 
that if the calls that arc made by 
the brethren were complied with by 
those who are authorized by the 
Church to preach, there would not 
be half the calling for help. 15ut 
the answer is : " Enough to do at 
home." But we have another rem- 
edv that we can resort to, and it is 
simply this : There is material 
ennueh in the Church at home to 
make ministers ; and enough that 
have the talent to preach ; but the 
Church savs, remain silent, and by 
that means eMSC those who have 
the talent to bury it in the earth, 
and thus violate the instructions driv- 
en to improve our talents. Oh, 
brethren, let us improve the talents 
that we, as a Church have, and scud 
forth tlnwe who are willing to spend 
and t i be spent for the cans 

Christ, and by BO doing we save the 
SOills of them that die : and in the 
end we receive a crown of lite ;it 
right hand in heaven, which 
he has in reserve for the faithful. 
Y'.urs in the Faith. 


/:■ •//.< r II dringtr : ilai ing i 
"\j | it.- return from our trip to 

in and Kansas, we will o • '.* 

Cording to promise) .rive to von. and 
the readers of the Companion a 
short historv of our travel. 

1 left my home on Monday Dec. 
17th, in company with brother J a- 
cob Hoff. We took the cars at Stur- 
-is, Mich., via. Chicago, St. Louis, 
for Knobnoster, .Johnson Co., Mo., 

j where we arrived on Wednesday I 
morning. Made our way to brother i 
Abraham Young's, 2! miles north 
from Knobn ister : found them all 

i well. In the afternoon we went to 
lu-other Joseph Wampler's : found 
all well, and were received with the 
greatest kindness. On Thursday 
brother Joseph took us to brother 

! Iman's ; returned in the evening 
and had meeting at J. W's. house ; 

' a good turn out for the short notice; 
the attention and order was ver} r 
good. The brethren in this section 
of Mo. greatly desire for some speak- 
er to move among them. We can 
say this much, they have a common, 
fair section of country: good pro- 
ductive soil, near the Rail road ; 
timber seems plenty enough, and an 
abundance of stone coal, &c 

On Friday Morning, Dec. 21st 
brother J. W ampler took us to Old- 
town, within one mile of R. R. sta- 
tion, whence brother Jacob Leah 
(lately from Preble Co., Ohio) took 
us to Warrensburg. From Warrens- 
burg, we started on foot for Jasper 
Co., Mo., traveling through the 
Southern part of Johnson Co. We 
found the country here near as good 
as any other in the whole trip, at 
about S20 per acre ; farms cat) be 
bought there, with nice orchards, 
fine locations for water and timber 
and only 5 to 10 miles from Rail 
road. Passing through Henry, St. 
Clair, Cedar, Vernon, Barton and 
Jasper counties foi a distance of 60 
miles. Through Cedar. Vernon, 
and Barton counties there are large 
extensive prairies, much desolated 
by the war. At an average there 
is about mil' acre fenced, for every 
5000 lying unimproved. On Christ 
mas day, we met no house along the 
road, for 20 miles distance. Oti 
next day we found brother Rice; 
found him and family all well : staid 
all night. Brother llice livi 
miles north of Carthage, the county 




sent of Jasper. From thence we 
traveled South as far as Newton Co. 
1 line. Not finding my brother-in-law 
here, having moved to C 
Indian I !o., a few -it. s before, so 
We followed him to Southern Kan- 
sas. I [pre found my brother-in-law 
John Row; also E. Shultz and Phil- 
ip Rinehar*., old acquaintances. — 
They live near Timberhills, 5 
north of Baxter Springs, in Chero- 
kee Co., Kalis;!--. J mention thn so 
that if any one wishes to travel to 
that section *hi>y can find them. — 
Their country is all preemption 
claims, fine prairies, plenty of nice 
walling rock : plenty of water, rath- 
er scarce of timber : has the appear- 
ance to make fine fanning country. 
Returned to Jasper Co., Mo., Dec. 
31st ; had snow about two inches 
deep, and middling cold al! the 
time. Started for Port Scott, Kan- 
sas, Jan. 2nd. Same morning the 
Mercury in Thermometer had sunk 
7 degrees below Zero. A. W. Daw- 
ly from Burean Co., 111., was at the 
same time some 1 5 or 20 miles fur- 
ther South, in Newton Co., and he 
had a Thermometer alon<r, trying 
each day, which pointed 1>> degrees 
below Zero. We could not have 
believed being so cold so far South, 
had we not been there ourselves at 
the time. Snow lasted till north of 
Ft. Scott. We stopped 2\ days in 
Linn Co.. Kansas, at Fred, lion's. 
Nice farming country here, but tim- 
ber too scarce. Thence to brother 
Jacob Kaub's in Franklin, Jan. 8 ; 
found them all well, and were re- 
ceived with much joy and gladness. 
Staid in that section of country 
( Franklin and Douglas counties) 5 
days ; had meeting five times m com- 
pany with brethren Daniel Barn- 
hart, Peter Brnbaker and others; 
twice meeting at brother Konb's 
house : on Lord's dav at school. 
house : same evening at brother Jo- 
seph Renney's (formerly IV mi Mont- 
gomery Co., Pa.) On Monday 
evening at the residence of our old 
esteemed brother John Powers ; tho' 

the meeting was held in brother 
Sam. Baker's ' om n-law of 

brother Bowers'. We also had the 
pleasure for the first ti ne, to salute \\' 
our dear old brother 1! ithrock ; he o 






i.-> complaining of being quite f ble, 

id thinks bid 'lays will be bu 
J on these mortal Bbores. Yet lie ^as 

that Le 
to the 

also felt bo bear testimony 

truth as it is in Je.-us. 

From brother Rower.*' on 

l deS- 



race but to them that hold oat faith- No 48 vol 2 it contain a good bitof 

ful to the «nd. Then dear members church news. We learn that many 

as the apostle teaches, let us present brethren have moved to the far west 

our bodies a livin .. tnd without a shepherd ; we can Bay 

acceptable unto God, which u Jour the same, we live in Illinois, and 

reasonable service, and l»e not con- have no regular meeting, our main 

formed to this world but he ye trans- speakers live about forty fi\e miles 

day morning Jan. loth, we started I formed by the renewing of yoiu from here ; we have had no meetings 

for Lawrence, home-ward bound. — I mind that ye may prove what is that here since last August. There are 
Brother Kenny took us to Lawrence. . good and acceptable, and perfect , only live memors in our conn r.- near 

We met With many kind brethren | will of Ood." We should not be us ; there are three about fifteen 

and sisters in Franklin and Douglas | ashamed to take up the cross and miles from here, though few in num- 

couuties, whose names we have tj 
omit tor brevity's sake. I, and my 
companion in travel, parted compa- 
ny in Chilieothy, Mo. ; he going for 
Northern Mo., and Iowa, and I for 

and learn of me for I am meak 

home, via Quincy, Chicago, and i lowly in heart and you shall 

Sturgis. Arrived safely home Jan. 

18 ; found all my family in good 

health. Thanks be to Cod for his 

kind protecting care. Brother Hon" 

arrived safe home Feb. 2nd. He 

mak SB his choice in Mercer Co., Mo., 

and I would choose Jasper Mo. To 

take every thing into consideration,. 

for nice running springs, plenty of 

timber, fine fruit orchards and good 

mill streams. 


Mongoqvinong, Ind. 

Brother Uolrmger ; I have been 
a reader of your paper ever since 
its oommencement, and I must say 
it meets my appobation as a gener- 
al thing very well, and it gives us 
much satisfaction concerning church 
new.-, and through the Companion 
we can hear from our dear brethren 
and sisters whom we love altho 

Btrangers in the flesh, but we hope 

OOt m the spirit of Christ. And we 
do have great reason to rejoice to 
hear of so many that have been will- 
ing to come out on the Lord's side, 

and join in with the people of Cod 

to serve him who .died his precious 
blood "ii Calvary that we might 

have everlasting Qfe: audi would 

■ay to nay dear brethren and 

in the Lord, and especially to those 

that have lath < ntt-id in the viuyard 
of the Lord to labour, Let u> labor 
tnat WS ma\ obtain M « crown of 
righteousness which tin- Lord the 

righteous judge will give us in that 

■ I i_. : for the urowni not at the be- 
gining neither in the middle of our 



rest unto your souls." Then let us 
abstain from all the abomnable 
things that are practise by the child- 
ren of this world. And I must say, 
dear brethren and sisters it takes 
very close watching and very earnst 

and sincere desires to keep our uf meetings, conducted in our neigh- 
selves from being polluted with the bor bood, by brother Brubaker was 
sins of this wicked world. O, may t V llowetl by another, by brother John 
the good Lord help us to be as Kniseljr. Brother Knisely was ear- 
lights that are set upon a hill, that uostl - v Wg**** "bile here, in trying 
we may give li^ht to all that are to impress upon the mind a knowE 

around us ; "and if we walk in the 
light as he is in the light we have 
fellowship one with another;" "And 
the blood of Je.^us Christ cleanseth 
us from all sin "Then, dear brethren 
be firm don't shun to declare the 
whole Counsel of Cod, for we live in 
a world that lieth in wickedness. 
Then be " Bteedfast unmovable, al- 
ways abounding in the work of the 
Lord, for as much as we know our ne a .' s " ^ Nll> '''I'diel to receive one 

labor m the Lord, i» not in vain. 

0, let us give diligence that we may 
be found of him in peace, with >ut 
spot and blameless. 1 think 1 .an 
say with David : one thing have I 

I of Jehovah, that will 1 
after, that 1 may dwell in the house 

of Jehovah all the .lavs of my life." 

/.' ■<</». xlk, III. 


follow the Savior, for he say.-, her we would like to have a speaker. 

"come unto me all ye that labor There is a wide field open here for 

and are heavy laden and I will give labor. The Companion helps us in 

you rest, take my yoke upon you that part. 

We wish you could, through the 
Companion, induce some spaker, in 
the English language, to settle here 
with us. Your in christian love. 
JfazleJell 111. 

Brotner, UoUinyen — The series 

edge of the necessity of a belles 

anion among the brotherhood, and 

during his stay there was another 
soul added unto the Lord. Brother 

Kniselj held hi- last meeting here 

on the 3rd of Feb., and on £ 
an 1 8th brother LewM f Co- 

lumbiana < .... Ohio was with n 
held two evening meetings, lie re- 
mained until the Oth apon which 

applicant by baptism. There is vet 

room enough in the ark for all who 
desire tO enter. 



SlIBLBI \, Ii i.. , 

Feb. Uth, Is. .7 j 

/.' i>i>r llolrmgtr : — 1 wish t.. in- 

fona the Brethren, through ■ . 

-••- panion, that 1 bit hosm Uth. 

h,r Holrinyor; 1 enclose you of Jan., to visit tome of the churches 

dollar and fifty cents for the in the North Wi | , e d 

Companion. 1 think 1 oannol do borne again in aafet; 

without it ; it is a great satisfaction Feb" being g me i Utile more t 

to my family. 1 think it has the i month. I enjoyed I 

oe. 1 would rather have it *el] . 1 formed 
a little larger. 1 have ju. 

• more t: 

ntaaot 1" 

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. frill 1 ■ • t * bi ■ rod. I 

: >| j'» d with the brethren in 
< hristian < o.. 111.. . a few 

meetings there. Next I Bto] 
with the brethren in < laldwell I 
Mo., where we ha 1 ie\ ral inert', 

I was then conveyed, by bretl ren, to 

.iity. Mo. 11 re we had 

II meetings. The brethren in Glin- 

■ ii" speakers : but tl 
vory anxious that -"in • Bpeali 
Bhould move in there. They live in 
m very good country ; and I Buppose 

li\ e in as healthy a place as 
can I,' found in the west. I feel 

advising onr brethren; who 
think of emigrating west, to visit 
Clinton Co,, Mo. I wai again oori- 

I, by brothrei . !1 Co., 

expecting to stop a few days there : 

having taken a severe cold, 

. Bettled on my lungs, I con- 

I t'> pa-s onward toward home. 
When I reached Quibcy, 111., I 
! ni'l myself greatly relieved : ami 
-•i concluded to stop with the breth- 
ren in Adams Co., 111. Here the 
brethren had meeting in progress. 
1 -tapped a few days with them, and 
hid a very pleasant time. 1 was 
then conveyed, by a brother, to Pike 
Co., 111., I had 5 meetings in Pike. 
The first about 15 mis. X. \V. of 
id : and tl • rest in the Chris- 
tian church in Milton. 12 miles S, B. 

ttsfietd. Here the Brethren 
Devor had meeting. The attendance 
was huge, ami the attention grand : 
many with Bibles in hand, referred 
to every Scripture quoted. They 
informed me that their bouse shouhl 
be open for the brethren at any 

time : and they seemed to he very 
much interested. 1 then proce 
home : where I land*- 1 safclj and 
found those with whom I make my 
home at prsent, well. 

1 delivered 29 discourses. Our 
rally well atten- 
ded and the attention was g 1 : and 

I have reason to hope that our la- 
bor was not in vain. 
1 thank the brethren for their kind- 
. me while 1 w as am ,ng them ; 

ami I trnst the Lord will reward 

them, and that we may he able so 

to live a to meet in that better world, 

aker, Platl 

tion tti stop at is ( ) hoi ne, on the 

Hannibal ami St. Joseph Kail 
1. J. W. BEER. 

Dlntricl Meeting Second IHsfrirt 


Br 'In r //• i will ] I 

give notice in the Companion that 
the district Meeting will ho on 17 
ai ! 1 • ■! May in the Mid I 
church. Rockingham. Co.. Va. The 
State East and Vu-t is for the 
cut mole in three districts; o 
the second, including the counties 
from I! »ck bri in the Valley, 

and West across the mountain Ry- 
land and Pcnelton. The first di's- 
>uth of ns and the third 
of us, is called West Vir 

= P 

SAvfNx.Nii, Georgia, ) 
Peb. 17th, 18G7. j 
Brother Hdsmger : — I think it 
may hoof interest to some of the 
brethren, to learn of my safe arrival 
here, and also with regard to the la 
borers in this part of Cod's moral 
ml. It will not be expected 
that I say much as yet, having ar- 
rived only yesterday. JJut 1 am 

permitted to say that it is my firm 

that no Held every offered e- 
qual inducements for missionary la- 
!>>:•. The labor here is of a pecu- 
liar nature. The mind must be ex- 
panded. The system of slavery 
• to have contracted and crush- 
ed everything out, save a little glim- 
mering spark of religion. That is 
the poor slaves' only hope; speak 
upon any other subject, and he id as 
ignorant as a block of wood : talk of 
Jesus and his eye glistens as he gives 
vent (in uncouth language i to hopes 
of a better life. Put his ideas el 
Cod, the Savior. Heaven, and Hap- 
piness, are necessarily filled with er- 
ror and superstition; hence, his 
mind'niust be expanded, his errone- 
ous vi< »'• eo, reeled ■ in fact he must 
I'emoddled, mentally .-peaking. 
educated, then tought the plan 
of Salvation. The man who would 
be successful mast act the part v\' 

school master a- well as minister. — 

All are very anxious to be taught. 

y\ Brethren wishing to go to Clinton 

' <',,., Mo., can write to brother 1'. B, A nation of people whose minds are 

& -'~^ " 

- ■ : tible of right or 
wrong teaching as that of the in- 
i'.ur. 1 spoke this morning to the 
inmates of the Preedman's Bureau 
Ilo-i ital ; they gave excellent atten- 
tion and were evidently pleased to 
hear about Jesus. 

It will give me pleasure to hear 
suggestions from the Brethren, and 
answer questions relative to the 
mode* of laboring among these peo- 
ple. What I have said is true of the 
d people here, and may not 
apply so well to them in other parts 
of tiic country. 

Letters addressed to me at Savan- 
nah, Georgia, will reach me. 

Your brother in love, 


I.lHt ol money* received, for subscription 
, anion, since our last. 

Mary c Price Grandetour 111. 

E \v Sine Arlington 1U 

D II Ruflher Mima Pa 

(, B Bpicher Hillsdale Pa 

J W Bpicher " 

Jacob X QraybH] MountyiHe Pa 

John II Hakci' OttobU* 

- ngersriHe Va 
Samuel A Miller Bridgewater Va 

Thomas J Thompson Muscatine Iowa 
Samuel Showaltcr Amsterdam Va 
Andrew P Schlichler Sellcr.-vills Pa 
Henry Newcomer Funk-town Md 
Lydia Slime Johnsville .Md 
Hiram Bwitzer 1' Id eh 

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Daniel M Miller " 

Philip Blough 
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vo'.. 2 

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Jofl Shank " 

Henry 11 Myers Millcgcville 111 

Franklin Jhdy 

Samuel Horrington " 

M ichacl Myi rs " 

Solomon Liehiy " vol. 

Ab Livinggood " ,, 

T .i Smith " j) 

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Number 10. 

Selected for the Companion. 
Look to J »■» n s. 

Look to Jesus ! See, lie stands 
Holding forth hit bleeding hands, 

■Saying, "come to me for rest, 
And be saved amoDg the blest !" 

Look to Jesus I" sinner, come' 
Without Christ, behold your doom : 

Present pain and endless hell ! 
■Come, and all may yet be well. 

Look to Jesus ! mourner, hear 
Mercy whisperiug in your car j 

"Though your sins as scarlet be 
I can cleanse, and set you free." 

Loo'k to Jesus ! weeping one ; 

Hope, for thou an not undone ; 
Tho.-e are blest who shed 6Uch tears. 

He will htuh thy dou!rw; and fears. 

Look to Jesus! Christian, look ! 

Thy dear name La in his book; 
Bead it there, and with.delight. 

Humbly seek perfection's height. 

Look lo Jesus ! joy in life, 
Cure for sin, and end of strife ; 

iife^u death, and endless Miss 
Where the ble66ed Satfoi 


X orris, Iowa. 


Fur the Companinn. 


The Creator evidently intended 
that bii creatures should be suitably 
clothed and accommodated with com- 
fortable habitations ; for he has re- 
iflenisked the earth with everything 
requisite for those purposes, so that 
all ranks of mankind could be com- 
fortably clothed and accommodated. 
Hence, a spirit of covetousness is 
not necessarily connected with a de- 
sire after decent apparel and com- 
fortable dwellings, nor with exer- 
tions requisite to procure them. — 
.But when we behold professed chris- 
deokiag then elves and rami- 
lies with gaudy ami fashionable at- 
tire, replenishing their dwellings 
witli the i.Mu-t expensive furniture, 
•rtbting I -, -u j.fiior to 

inoit oftheir neighbors, and sufficient 

aree or four 
lies,— v,e etwtot help thinkin 
eevetousnest is n prineiple ruling 
within -teii Binds for the purpose 
of fostering i ipirk »f vanity and 

pride, and a desire for worldly dis- 
play. If such professors would be 
so generous to the poor as to devote 
their extravagances and superflui- 
ties to the destitute in the necessa- 
ry comforts of life, how much anxie- 
ty and how much suffering wonld be 
alleviated ! Another manifestation 
of covetousness is the pretense of 
providing suitable portions for chil 
dren, and is a very common apolo- 
gy for the inordinate prosecution of 
wealth, and the anxious care exer- 
cised in securing it. It is trulv as- 
tonishing, and a pity ; that so many 
christian individuals are to be found, 
who appear in other respects men of 
good sense, and profess a respect 
tor the ordinances of religion, and 
yet allow the love of money, and the 
absurd desire of accumulating use- 
less wealth, to triumph over even- 
rational and religious principle. — 
When they are spoken to on the 
subject, they attempt to silence eve- 
ry argument by expatiating on the 
necessity of providing For their chil- 
dren, as if they wished to prove that 
ni'itiey is a better provision than 
training them in intelligence, and in 
moral ami religious habits, and in 

whole of their future happiness and 
success in this life will depend upon 
their own prudence, exertions, and 
moral conduct, — they will more rea- 
dily apply the powers of their mind3 
and bodies to their professions, or 
occupations, and attend to the dic- 
tates of prudence, than if they had 
a constant dependence on the wealth 
and support of their parents. But, 
if a parent act on a covetous and 
avaricious principle for the purpose 
of enriching his children, they are 
naturally trained up in the ilea, 
through his own conduct, that he is 
accumulating a mass of wealth, which 
they are some day destined to spend, 
or avariciously to increase. The 
worst consequences may follow chil- 
dren of such parents, both in this 
life and the life to come. It may 
not be improper to give the minis- 
ter of the gospel a slight hint, and 
caution him to beware, lest he ac- 
quire a covetous desire for a paid 
mini-try in cases where circumstan- 
ces do not absolutely require it, and 
aspire with unlawful means after ec- 
ttical preferments, vYe enter- 
tain the greatest respect for the 
minister, on account of the sanctity 

rendering them meet to he heirs of and impo rta nce of the sacred 
a blessed immortality. The prao- and we are pretty thorough]] 
tice of laying up portions for chil- vinoed that the greater : 

dren, bo as I i make them independ- 
ent, is both injudicious and immoral 
in its general tendency. Every pa- 
rent ought to give his children a 
good education, so far as in his p w- 
er, and above all things, "train them 

up in the nurture and admonition of 

the I- >rd." When they are I 

iiiu _r busiuoss or sotting up in life. 

mankind look to them for an exam- 
pie to the full stature of Chi 
meekness and indifference to the 

World. How very careful should 

they cast a re] i 

upon the doctrine of Christ, 
unworthy of the position 
OCOUpV. The apostle I' emu- 

ly enjoins the eld 1 the 

if otreumstanees permit, they should Hoc! G 

afford them sufficient mom tint, bui 

ble them to r filthy lucre, tm( 

i employments in rvady mind ; neither lords 

a bicD ■ If tint God 

iroperl) educ i sdequal 

rjwan i for the prosecution < ' 

Of their 1. i i at the -ante r. 

that the n->t aw i\ " \ 




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it, for the fashion of this world pass- 
eth away. Set your affections on 
things above, and not on things on 
the earth ; for this ye know, that no 
covetous man, who is an idolator, 
hath any inheritance in the kingdom 
of Christ and of God. Let your 
conversation be without covetous- 
and be content with such as 

with the word of God. the conclu- 
sion emphatically enforces itself up- 
on us, that it forma an impassable 

harrier to the kingdom of heaven. 
••!'.. qoI deceived." says the apostle 
Faul, "for neither fornicators, nor 
idolators, nor thieves, nor covetous, 
nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor ex- ; ness 
tortionera, shall inherit the kingdom 
of God. This U the law of the Su- 
preme Ruler, and handed down from 
the high courts of heaven, — a law, 
steadfast and unalterable, firmer 
than hoaven and earth. We might 
put U well expect to unhinge the 
fabric of the universe, to toss from 
their foundations the everlasting 
mountains, to pull the sun from his 

place in the firmament, or to quench J is the rmt of all evil, which, while 
the stars of heaven in eternal night, ' some covet after, they have erred 
as to expect admission into the king- i from the faith, and pierced them- 
doin of the just, while covetousness selves through with many sorrows, 
holds the ascendency over the heart. Charge them that are rich in this 
This declaration is so expressed, and world, that they trust not in uncer- 
rcpeatcd in another epistle, and in j tain riches ; 
fact similar declarations are inter- who giveth 

spersed throughout the volume of enjoy." Such are a few of the ad- 
inspiration, that no covetous man monitions interspersed throughout 
who is an idolater hath any inherit- the scriptures, which are addressed 
ance in the kingdom of Christ, or of ; against covetousness. In such pas- 
God. Some of the divine admoni- j sages, the intimations of our duty 
tions against this evil are, "lay not ! and our danger in regard to wealth, 
up for yourselves treasures on earth are as clear and perspicuous _ as 
where moth and rust' doth corrupt, words can make them, and set^ aside 
and where thieves break through every doubt in regard to the incon- 
and steal. No man can serve two | sistency of covetousness and relig- 
masters ; ye cannot serve God and ion. Yet it is amazing, how easily 
mammon.' Take no anxious thought men flatter and deceive themselves 
for your life, what yc shall eat or in this point. that every one of 
what ye shall drink, nor yet for your those passages would strike the 
shall put on. Labor I minds of our readers, as if they were 

ye have ;" for "Godliness with con- 
tentment is great gain." Love not 
the world, neither the things that 
are in the world ; if any man love 
the world, the love of the Father is 
not in him. They that will be rich 
fall into temptation and a snare, and 
into many foolish and hurtful lusts 
that drown men in destruction and 
perdition. For the love 

but in the living God, 
U3 richly all things to 

communicate. And how necessary 
it is, for we all, from the weakest to 
the strongest, need encouragement. 
"There are dark hours in the life's 
history of every living soul." How 
often does the poor man who is de- 
pendent on his daily labor for his 
daily bread sit down in discourage- 
ment. His means are so limited 
that he is forced into the vilest soci- 
ety to labor, in order to procure a 
livelihood for himself and family. — 
And is he discouraged because he 
must labor hard ? 0, no, that docs 
not cause his dark hours ; but be- 
cause he desires to do Good and 
gets no admonition or encourage- 
ment. He is led into many sinful 
of money j things, which he has no desire to 
do, and is overcome through the 
weakness of the flesh. To do good 
and communicate to such, forget 

The young pilgrim starts out 
from the paternal roof full of joy 
and expectations. He has not as 
yet seen the vices and vanities of 
the world in their dazzling glory. — 
He goes forth on tli3 hill country of 
life to fight its battles alone. Now 
come the " ups" and " downs ;" 
temptation succeeds temptation ; all - 
he hears through the day (nor does 
it cease at night) is : " how can I 
make the most money ?" Where 
can I trade to accumulate wealth ?" 
He never had a desire to be iich or 
to bend the energies of his soul and 
body^to get wealth ; fancy now opens 
to him a door where he may enter and 
become rich. He enters, and toils 
for that end. After a while his 

not for the meat that pcrishcth, but , spoken from the heavens in a peal j thoughts run back along the stream 
for that meat which endureth to ev- ! of thunder, and alarm the convicted j of time, and he sees that he is toil- 
erlaatine life. What is a man profit- 1 worldling to flee from the wrath to ! wg for ; something he formerly had 

ed, if he shall gain the whole world 
and lose his own soul. Verily I 
qay unto you that a rich man can 
hardly enter into the kingdom of 
God. Take heed to yourselves lest 
at any time your hearts be over- 
charged with Burfeiting and drunken* 
.'.nd the cares of this life, and 
it day come upon you una- 
Take heed and beware of 
The time is short; it 
lineth that they who buy, be as 
h they j I DOt, and they 

:>o this world as not abusing 


New Enterprise, Pa. 

For the Comptnion. 
An Admonition. 

"But to do (rood and communicate foget 

m>i ; for with Mtch sacrufiuc God is -well 
I. Heb. 13 : IS. 
This whole chapter (Heb. 13) con- 
tains admonitions to lead the believ- 
er into purity and holiness of life, 
without which no man can sec 
Lord. In the verse under 
eratlen wo arc told to do 


no desire for. lie sees, too, that 
he has forsaken the path of piety. 
He now feels cast down because the 
sacrifice of doing good and commu- 
nicating was forgotten. But on the 
other hand riches may have no pow- 
er to charm, or the position may be 
different, or the temptation of a dif- 
ferent hue. Fashion may show her 
lurid glare, and influence him to 
follow its votaries, promising pleas- 
tho urc which it cannot give, but the 
consid- pride of life leads him on, step by 
and step, until he arrives at the summit , 





of fashion. And now from his ex- 
alted station he looks back with the 
mind's eye, through by-gone days ; 
he sees that he has forsaken the 
narrow road of self denial, and his 
feelings are of a downcast eye. 

But we do not wish to encourage 
any to repine at the allotments of 
Providence. Let us learn that in 
whatsoever state we are in therewith 
to be content. We are sent among 
the sinful and ungodly for a wise 
purpose ; not to be influenced by 
them to sin, " but to do good and 
communicate," that we may induce 
them to seek the Lord while he may 
be found. The man that is always 
fretting about his situation in life 
will seldomly find it better, But 
thrice happy is he who is contented 
with his lot for wherever he is he 
can "do good and communicate." — 
Nature has her own discourage- 
ments, for how often do we feel dis- 
heartened when we can give no 
reason for it. Let us then " do 
good and communicate" as we have 
opportunity. We may thereby save 
many a shipwrecked drowning broth- 
er. We need each other's encour- 
agement, not only in the Church or 
through the Companion, but in the 
social circle (the family) and in 
our meetings and partings with 
friends. A kind admonition will of- 
ten do more good than the giver im- 

"If you arc too weak to journey 

Up Uu mountain steep and high, 
You can slaud within the valley 

Ab the multitude goes by ; 
You can chant Ui happy measure 

As they slowly pass along ; 
Though ihey may forget the singer 

They will not forget the song." 


Tyrone, Pa. 

Wat the Companion. 
It Will Work 

Yes, brethren, It will work; "and 
bettr" "says one correspondent than 
any plan I have seen yet in ipares 1> 

ing the gospel Weat, South, 

and North." "It will work:" but, 
What u it that "will work*' ! The 
brother shall answer. "Now my 
plan is this ; let thoso arms of the 
ohwoh that are able to do so make 
up money and buy brethren*! 

lands that are willing to go when 
there are no brethren, and send 

them in this way, with her prayers, 
to do the work of the Lord, and 
God will bless us all in so doing." 
There is a great work to be done : 
it is to "Go into all the world," to 
"preach the gospel in its purity to 
every creature. This is the work ; 
and, if it is to be done, there must 

brother Wise in his article, headed, 
"Missionary" in No, 6 of the pres- 
ent Volume of the Companion, and 
then they will be qualified to decide 
which "is the only plan that ivill do 
it successfully.'" I will not impeach 
the wisdom of our "Lord and Mas- 
ter ;" and therefore I feel free to 

be some plan in doing it. The above say that if the gospel plan is strictly 
is brother A, J, Correll's plan as ' adhered to it will prove a perfect 
found on page 71 of the current success. I do not pretend to say 
Vol. of the Companion. Brother that there are not other plans that 
Correll confidently asserts, It is the are attended with less expense ; but 

only plan that will do it successfully 
at the least expense, and the greatest 
profit will be the result." 

Now my dear brethren, I am not 
a minsiter of the gospel, and I do 
not wish to set up my opinions 
against those of our worthy speakers 
but, as the above plan, seems to me 
to be defective, and as the brother is 

I do say that it is not likely that we 
will give more to the Lord, and to 
the promotion of this cause than 
what belongs to him. 

Much more might be said upon 
the subject ; but I forbear. What I 
have written I have written th: 
love of truth ; and I hope it will be 
kindly received by the brethren. 

waiting "for the decision of the be- 
loved brethren," I will proceed to Moulton, 111. 

state my objections ; — not for con- «•>•*- 

troversy, but to elicit truth. IIjXuki.v; Christ in - the Like. — 

1. It is objectionable, because How seldom do we make religion 

according to it, none but those practical ': How less often do we suc- 

brethren who have lands to sell, ' ceed in doing it ? And yet it does 


have the necessary qualifications 
carry into effect the great "Com- 
mission" of our Lord and Saviour. 

We have many ministers who 
have no houses of their own to live 
in not to say anything about land to 
sell. And, I think, I will do injus- 
tice to no one by saying, that many 
of those, so poor in earthly store, 
are, nevertheless, rich in laith, and 

not require very much to do it. 
You may be so faithful in your in- 
dustry as to attract the attention 
men, and men may say of you, "I 
like to deal with that man : he is up- 
right and true :" but if there i- any- 
thing about you that men admire, it 
ought to redound to the glory of 
Christ, and you ought to feel, ' 
the grace of God, 1 am that I am. 

are willing to preach the gospel of Your kindness, your patience under 

Christ to a lost and ruined world: provocation, your utter refusal to 

but according to the plan under con- ' avenge yourself in anywise — that 

sideration, they must remain where ought to be Attributed to the intiu- 

they are, preaching the gospel free ence of Christ. In some way, it 

and labouring with their own hand . hi to be mode known that all 

until they can get land to sell. that which U beautiful, lovely 

2. I assume the position that he attractive in your character, is the 

who assigned die duty also proposed resulted' Ohns< dwelling in you, 

the plan to carry it into affect ; this In short, if it be sincerity, if it' be 

plan we call the geepel flam, Hoi obeerfullness, if it be gentleness, if 

whether the brother ■apposes that it be lore, if it be fidelity, w Imt. ■ 

the plan he proposed ii the geepel it is, men should kno* that Chris! 

plan, or not, 1 do d it presume I i in you because hi^ iptrt is manif 

■ay! bnt if that was hia idea, why ed by your life, lie mak 

did he not say i Nowtiu pel plan what you are, and yen are> bound 

is aits ; ^c, mates R » bear this testimony! Beeeher. 

my plan in thin, \e. 1 . | DS > » 

the brethren will compare thin plan t \ orruptien of morals u 

with the goepelplan referred to b; the profan 

— — 'i 




Tyrone City, Pa., Mar. 5, 1867. 

A Talk with our 1'atrouM. 

01 R Ni:« 'l'"\\ l.l;. 
A | our subscription list has been 
r.i] idly increasing, the press-work 

Church to furnish them 'with the cer- 


We have never been so much 
crowded with manuscript intended 
for publication as atthe- present. We 
hope our correspondents will have 

of our weakly edition has become no patience with us. We hope soon to 

small matter, and required more 
physical labor than was desired by 
any one engaged in the business of 
publishing the Companion; hence 
W8 set our wits to work to secure 
some oneof the various motives, and 
soon settled upon the "Tread Horse 
Power." This is the fourth edition 
of our pap«r worked off by this pow- 
er. It works admirably well. We 
secured our power of C. Rittenhouse 
Norristown, Pa. It has an ingeni- 
ous contrivance attached, called a 
"governor," without which it would 
not answer our purpose. 


As proposed in a former number 
we have published the "Religious 
Dialogue," which appeared in Nos. 
45 and 46 of last volume, in tract 
form, of 12 pages. We have sup- 
plied all who have ordered them, 
and have yet a few hundred remain- 
ing. These may be had post paid, 
at 15 cents per dozen. 


As we had several requests for 

blank marriage certificates, we have 

printed them and can now supply all 

orders. They are handsomely prin- 

on good, heavy paper. Price 

by the dozen 30 cts, postage paid. 

We have also printed blank oertifi- 

of membersfeip,for convenience 

when a member wishes to remove 

from one branch of the Church to 

another. Price by the dozen 20 cts, 

Lge paid. As our ministers are 

ted ke take a fee fur pet- 

forming the marriage ceremony, we 

think it would be the duty of the 

be able to issue several double num 
bers when we expect to dispose of 
the most lengthy articles. From 
this let no one infer that we wish 
our correspondents to stop writing. 
Continue to send on your favors and 
give us an opportunity of selecting 
the best. We make this note to 
show r why some articles do not ap- 
pear as promptly, perhaps, as for- 

* m 

A Visit to Morrisons Cove. 

On Friday, Feb. 23rd, we set out 
for Morrisons Cove, via. Hunting- 
don, Saxton and Cove Station. At 
Huntingdon we had the oppor- 
tunity of visiting brother Andrew 
B Brumbaugh, now very successful- 
ly engaged in the practice of medi- 
cine. Hope he may, under the 
blessing ofthe great Physician, and 
by close application to the duties of 
his profession, be the instrument 
through which much suffering may 
be spared our unfortunate race. 

At Saxton we were met by broth- 
er George Puderbaugh who convey- 
ed us to his home, where we spent 
the evening in pleasant conversa- 

Saturday brother P. again con- 
veyed us to the station, and, al- 
thoug too late for the first train, he 
took us hack for dinner and return- 
ed us in time for the evening train, 
which would have answered every 
purpose, had it not disarranged our 
connection for conveyance at Cove 
Station, across the Mountain. How- 
ever we had an opportunity of send- 
ing word, and the brethren met us, 

and we arrived iafely at our desti- 

On Saturday evening, Sunday, 
and Sunday evening there was 
preaching at Brumbaugh's meeting- 
house, where we tried do defend the 
truths contained in the Word of 
Cod. On Saturday evening and 
Sunday forenoon brother Henry 
Clapper, from Snake Spring Valley 
branch, was also present. One per- 
son baptized. 

We visited a number of ourfriends, 
and on Monday returned home just 
too late to meet brother John II. 
Goodman, of Erie City, Pa. r and 
Michael Bollinger, of Cherry Grove, 
111., who had been laboring in our 
littlfl congregation at Warriors 
Mark, and were paying us a visit. 
They took the train when we left 
off, and we did not recognize each 
other. Hope we may have other 
opportunities of meeting. 

Our presswork having been suc- 
cessfully accomplished without our 
presence, we shall undertake to re- 
peat similar visits. 

Cc ©ur Ccrrrspoubenfs. 

Under this head we will notice and reply to 
correspondents, and give other notices, wheu 
if is tuoiiirht advisable to withhold the real 
name. We demand, in all cases, the writer's 
name, and reserve to ourself the privilege 
of determining the propriety of publishing 

Isaac Bartow. You will find the 
acknoAvledgemente refered to in No. 
2, present volume. Much time may be 
spared us by carefully examining our 
list before writing to us. 

Enos Crowel. What is your ad- 
dress, and are you receiving the pa- 
per instead of your brother ? 

J. S^, Myers, New Hope Va., 
will find acknowledgement in No. 7. 

Elizabeth Harshbarger. Your 
paper has been regularly sent since 
No. 3. 




til recently, and when I see the deep 
Brother llohinger .—Having just t. nterest ^ ich * he P™Pl%™mfest in 

returned from a trip to Macedonia, 
and believing that an'account of the 
same would be interesting to you ; 
I hasten to report. 

Started from Limestone Depot, 
(in company with brethren P. R. 
Wrightsman, and I. B. Pence,) on 
the Western train, at 9 o'clock A. 
M. Arrived at Morristown, some 
fifty miles west, at 11 J, where we 
met with conveyance to Macedonia, 
some five miles west of Morristown. 
Here we found a large and respecta- 
ble congregation assembled for 
preaching at 1 o'clock. Truly Mac- 
edonia is a very interesting place, 
situated in a beautiful valley, and 
watered by the Holston River, whose 

hearing the pure word of God, and 
hear them declare that they have 
never heard the pure Gospel of 
Christ preached before, and hear 
their earnest solicitations for the 
brethren to visit them again soon ; I 
am made to think of the language of 
the Savior : "that the harvest is in- 
deed great, and the laborers are 

Dear brother Henry ; there is ut- 
terly a fault among us — we do not 
take the interest in the salvation of 
souls that we should. We are com- 
manded to love the Lord our God 
with all our heart, and with all our 
soul, and with all our mind, and with 
all our strength, and our neighbor 
as ourselves. Now do we, dear 

placid waters glide smoothly and se- 1 f ., 

renely on to the great parent of Mother obey this first and greatest 

,..„,.' ° l commandment ? 


We stopped with brother Sullen- 
barger, who lives about one mile 
from the Church, and almost imme- 
diately on the banks of the Holston 
River. Here we truly found a home. 
While enjoying the society of broth- 
er S's. family we were reminded of 
the words of the Savior "that we 
should find many fold more, of breth- 
ren and sisters, and houses, and 
lands ;" — and indeed all with whom 
we became acquainted, treated us 
with marked kindness. 

We continued our labors with the 
brethren at this place three dayi 

and nights. There were three ac- 
cessions to the Church ; two WOW 
baptized, and a fair prospect for 
many more ; In fact I have never 

attended B inc. -ting where the people 

Beemed to take ;i greater iuteit 
The citizens here are mostly Metho- 
dist's and Baptist's, they never hav- 
ing beard our brethren preach until 
quite recently ; there are now tea 

members here, and 1 think 1 never 

saw a more flattering prospect for a 
large churoh, if the brethren will 
only persevere and push forward the 

good can 

This brings me aaaia to apeak i f 
the Mittionary Cans,-. When I 
visit placet like Maaexbaia, where 
the brethren have aerei preached, 
or if over, but leldemly, and not tin* 

We preach and 
talk to the people and tell them that 
it is absolutely necessary for them 
to obey all the commands of our 
Lord, even from the least to the 
greatest, and yet we ourselves neg- 
lect to observe this first and great- 
est commandment. Now in order 
to show that we do love the Lord 
with all our heart ; we must show 
our faith by our works ; we must 
love his cause, above all things earth 
ly ; we must be willing to make any 
sacrifice in order to advance the in- 
terest of the cause of our Master. 

rVe are also commanded to love 
our neighbor as ourselves. Now 
here we see the world of mankind 
living in sin and ignorance, desti- 
tute of the true knowledge of rcli"- 
ion, and of the right way of salva- 
tion ; and still we remain in a state 
of apathy, and indifference ; and 
content ourselves to let them 
blind down to the pit Of eternal de 
Bpair ; foi 1'ear it will eott us some- 
thing, to resooe Now are we 
loving them a- we do • urseh . - ': 

What would we not give m order to 
aava oar own lives! All that i maa 
bath j gays the book of Job | will be 
give lor his life. Now if we would 

' UllU'll to -;i\ | nnr own lives, 
should we Q >t be willing to tnrt 

something to save the |h 

en ; Oh but that's tho bu- 

nt' the /'r,;nli>r. The\ 

tively believe that the minister 
bound to go and preach no matter 
under what difficulties ; and that it 
is a heinous crime for him to even 
intimate that he ought to have some 
remuneration for his time ; be 
the apostle Paul said he had receiv- 
ed nothing from the Corinthians, 
lest he shculd hinder the Gospel of 
Christ. But they forget that the 
same Apostle says, "that they which 
preach the Gospel should live of the 
Gospel ;" "that they which minister 
in -holy things shall live by them ;" 
"that if I have sown unto you spirit- 
ual things, is it a great matter if I 
should reap your carnal things.*' — 
"No man planteth a vineyard and 
eateth not of the fruit ;" and '-no 
man feedeth a flock and recciveth 
not of the milk." 

I remain vour brother in Christ, 

Brother ffoltingt r : — As we were 
requested, by brethren of the Val- 
ley of Virginia, to report thl 

iii!j>ii<i >n how we got home 

from our trip of love, 1 will - i 
for myself and brother Daniel Hoi- 
linger, (who was mv companion in 
traveling) that we reached brother 
Hollinger'a home in the event!. 

the 17th of January, and found his 
family all enjoying their health ; 
and on the morning of the ISth I 
arrived home, and found all my fam- 
ily well ; for whieh we ean l. 

too thankful bo G t, o*ar Heavenly 

Father, ft>! his eare that he had 
over us during our trip. We were 
nearly live weeks from home. 'The 
other brethren, namely : Adam 
Brown, Adam HolHnger, and broth- 
er Nisley, reaohed their hon 
lew days sooner than we did: and 

as fat I odd learn, they als t . 
found their families in tolerable 
health : some of brother Ad. mi lid 
linger*! family had been a 

while be was from bome. ^ B 

found the brethren an I 

Orally well. We onU found 

m k in \ a \\ ', u.i. with the 

brethren in Kredenek, Sin 

Rockingham, and Augusts com 

we bald <|tiite a number of 
iaji; we were often divided. And 
1 .we met «itli 

in Rockingham 





brother John C, Moomaw, from 
, Va., who vai with 
us six dayd. The meetings were 
well attended, and the best kind of 
order ; and WS were received in the 
kindest U>V4J and christianlike man- 
]..t liv our beloved brethren and 
Bisters, and also by others. On our 
way to Virginia we. went through 
Jefferson Co,, W. V;i., and there 
were some appointments made for 
us, by brother Daniel Hefllebowcr, 
at Pippon, but when we came there, 
on the 20th of December, we found 
brother Daniel a corpse, he died in 
the evening of the 19th of Decern 
ber, and his funeral took place on 
the 21st. His age was Gl years, 1 
month, ami 16 days. The occasion 
was improved by Elder Jacob High- 
harder, of Mil., and Elder Adam 
Brown. In the death of our broth- 
er we deeply sympathise with our 
dear sister, and the family, of whom 
two are sisters ; and to the rest we 
would say try and prepare for 
death, as the messenger of death 
may meet you in an hour that you 
think not of. I will close, hoping 
that our labor was not in vain. 

Your brother, 


Grcaxon, Pa. 


Brother Henry ; I always feel a 
desire to hear from the brethren, in 
different parts of the country ; so I 
thought I would let you know that 
we are progressing slowly in the 
work of the Lord. We have had 
some extra meetings here this win- 
ter ; brother I. II. Filmore came 
here on the 8th of JJcccmbcr, and 
remained with US about ten days ; 
hat sixteen meetings, at several 
different places, in our neighbor- 
hood; the word was preached with 
much power ; three added by bap- 
ti-in, and one reclaimed; and I have 
no dottbt others eolivinced of their 
duty. Brother David Brower came 
here on the 3rd of January, and 
staid with us over Sunday. Had 
D meetings ; one added by bap 
Brethren D. Brower and 
1». Barklov came back into the 
neighbor!) tin and had 

meetings ; two more added by 
baptism, ' reclaimed. We 

arc trying, in our weakness, to keep 
the ark of the Lord moving on 

Yours in love, 

Richland, Ioica. 
m m 

Brother Murrey, after sending us 
his support for the Coinpanion says : 

Brother Henri/ : — In as much as 
I met with some brethren in my 
travels who are yet opposed to the 
Companion and the Gospel Visitor, 
some of them say they don't think 
that the writing and printing of the 
brethren has ever done much good ; 
but they think it has done harm ; 
and they believe it will do much 
more harm. Now I wish to relate 
through the Companion, to our lov- 
ing members and friends a circum- 
stance which took place here on the 
7th of this month. In the evening 
just at dark, came two strange men 
to my house, and asked whether 
they could stay with us over night ; 
I answered yes ; but we were talk- 
ing of going to meeting ; but it was 
raining so fast that we concluded 
not to go ; I told them that two of 
our ministering brethren had come 
to us, D. Deardorff, and L. Trostle, 
from Illinois, and we would have 
meeting the next evening, and Sun 
day and Sunday evening ; then they 
asked whether we had an organized 
church here ; I told them yes ; then 
they began to ask questions, con- 
cerning the church and ordinances ; 
they kept me engaged in answering 
questions, so I asked them none that 
evening ; only where they were from 
and where they were traveling to ; 
they said they lived about 40 miles 
west, and they had come down on 
the Rail Road, and they did not 
know but what they had got about 
where they had intended to go. At 
bed-time we attended to family du- 
ties, and retired ; in the morning I 
asked their names ; they said the 
one was Ira Hopkins, and the oth- 
er was Harvy Lewclan ; then we 
1: a 1 some more talk till breakfast; 
and after breakfast they said they 
would make their errand known ; 
one said they had come to see if 
they could find I church of such 

people, as they had read of in Nead'i 

book, and the Gospel Visitor ; I in- 
quired if they had Nead's work ; 
Hopkins s~aid he had got it about 
two years ago ; and this year he was 
taking the Visitor ; and in the Visi- 
tor he had noticed something, that 
made him think there was a church 
East of Marshalltown ; and that was 
the cause of them coming, and when 
they got to Marshalltown, they made 
inquiry and were told of me, and 
now they would like to ask more 
questions, and would like to be at a 
meeting or two ; this was on Satur- 
day morning ; I told them if they 
would stay till Monday, they could 
be at three meetings ; and on Sun- 
day afternoon they were baptized, 
it being the 9th inst, much the cold- 
est day we had this winter ; their 
clothing rattled with ice, almost as 
soon as they came out of the water. 
Now loving members, was it not the 
writing and printing of the breth- 
ren that caused those men to seek 
and find. On Monday morning they 
left, seemingly rejoicing. Whenever 
this comes to my mind I have to 
think of the eunuch. 
Marshalltown, la. Dec. 24, '66, 
■ » 

Brother Hohinyer : — As it is your 
desire to publish churoh news, and 
as I am a lover of such, I thought I 
would throw in my mite also. On 
last Sunday, 17th inst, was buried 
our dear and much beloved brother 
and Elder Jacob Long, who has been 
ailing for some time and growing 
feeble. He was followed to the 
grave by the largest collection of 
friends and neighbors I ever witness- 
ed on such an occasion. He lived 
to the age of 82 years, U months, 
and 22 days. He was a minister 
for fifty years, not shunning to de- 
clare the gospel in all that time and 
calling sinners to repentance. Br. 
Daniel Fry preached his funeral ser- 
mon ; his text Uev. 14 : 13 ; "that 
they may rest from their labors and 
their works do follow them. 

On the following d iv we had meet- 
ing, when after preaching there were 
six baptized, mostly young people, 
and one quite a lad yet. I think 
others are not far from thekingdoni. 
Oh, how we rejoice when sinners 
turn to God. "It is meet that we , 




should make merry and be glad for appears only to draw them closer to 
this thy brother was dead and is God. 


I wish that many more of our 
brethren and sisters would visit our 
dear brethren and sisters in the 
South, and learn lessons there. I 
think it would cause us to dispense 
with many things here in the North, 
week, preaching the gladsome tid- j and become more humble. _ 
iii's of salvation ; encouraging the j We had in all some sixty meet- 
Saint on his pilgrimage to the celes- ; ings, and all attended with good 

again, ana was lost and is 
found." Brother Christian Long 
was with us a while, laboring in 
love. May the Lord reward him 
for his love amongst us. Brother 
Enoch Eby was also here about a 


tial citv, and warning the sinner to order and attention 
flee from the wrath to come and to 
lay hold on eternal life. 

To-day I attended meeting at the 
Salem meeting-house ; brother Sam- 
uel Garber preached to a crowded 
house. His text was: "Do justly, 
love mercy, and walk humbly with 
thy God." Micah G : 8, which is a 
very important subject, if obeyed in 
all its requirement, and precepts. I 
have no doubt in my mind but we 
will shine as the stars in the firma- 

Yours in love, 


ML Morrit, 111,, Feb. 24, '67. 

14th of 
my wife 

I reached home on the 
January 1867, and found 
and two children unwell, and remain 
so until this time ; But Paul says 
these light afflictions which are but 
for a moment ; worketh foe us a far 
more exceeding and eternal weight 
of glory. 

May the good Lord enable us, 
with our dear Brethren and sisters 
in the South, to meet where no suf- 
ering or trouble will reach us. Our 
thanks are due to them for their 
kindness manifested to us, while 
with them. Anion 


Brother Henry ; I will hereby in- 
form you that Adam Brown, John 
Brindle, Daniel Holsinger, David 
Neisley, and myself have taken a 
short visit of four weeks through 
Va. We left home on the loth of 
December 1866, crossed the Potomic 
Hirer at BhepherdalowB. Thence 
through Jefferson Co where only 
some four or five members are scatt- 
: held three meetings and 
lied one funeral. Then went 
t'> Frederick Co where we found a 
fine little Church ; held three meet 
bere, and then went to Shen- 
nadoah Co,, where we found large 
meetings, and many members. 

We then went to Rockingham and 
Augusta counties there foun<l very 
large churches and large meetings. 
Pound tin- brethren very zealous 
and industrious all through our jour- 
ney ; and Ptueh love inani!< 

We irere much edified ami enoour< 
eged. The Brethren have suffered 

rerj much during the WS* and had 

much of their property distroyed ; 
hut they arc not discouraged with 
all their sacrifice of property ; it 

The Test Oat h of JliNtouri, as to 
Preachers, 1'ueouMtitutioual. 

The case on which the dicision 

' was given, was that of John A. 

\ Cumming8 r* the State of Missouri. 

The plaintive in error is a priest 

of the Roman Catholic Church, and 

was indicted and convicted in one 

i of the Circuit Courts of the State, 
of the crime of teaching and preach- 
ing as a prieet and minister of that 
religious denomination, without hav- 
ing first taken the oi^h, and was 
sentenced to pay a fine of $500, 
and to be committed to jail until the 
same was paid. On appeal to the 
Supreme Court of the State, the 
judgment was affirmed. The follow- 

, ing is the decision of the Supremo 
Court of the Unit-- 1 States: 

"The judgment of the Supreme 
('unit of Mi-souri must bo re\. 
:md : s remanded, with di- 

rections to enter a judgment ! 
ing the judgment of the Circuit 
Court, and directing that th<- Court 
discharge the defendant Iron m> 

pri-oiiment, and suffer him t > depaH 
without delay ; and it i- 10 Ordered.* 1 

Pleaee publish the above tbt the 

information of our ministering breth- 
ren. The brethren in Missouri were 
not annoyed ; although some enter- 
tained fears ; but now they may 
breathe more freely ; for the oath is 
declared to be unconxtitutionnl . 

J. W. BEER. 
Shelhifville, 111. 

'•Visitor" please copy. 

A Itequent from Oregon. 

Lrxx Co., 0; 

Oct. 23, 1P66. f 
Brethren greeting : met at the 
house of brother Daniel Leedy in 
consultation on the affairs of this 
branch of the church of Christ, 
generally known as the C email Bap- 
tist. Council opened by singing and 
prayer. The result of the council 
is as follows : Seeing the hopeless 
condition of our church organiza- 
tion, and the difficulties that exist 
here in the church which are of 
such a character that it is impos- 
sible for us to prosper as a church 
without the aid of a Bishop or El- 
der. We therefore implore aid of 
the Brethren in your country, and 
ask the Brethren there to consider 
our condition, and if thought expe- 
dient, send such a person as our 
condition requires. And such a- 
person in our estimation should be 
come a resident of this country. 
J. W. Dkkey, 
John H. Kirn k. 
J. >Y. Hahi'M an, 

S l.oMoN Kll'lKH, 

1>ami.i. Li KDY, 

David Pkeblkh, 

Da\ii> WoJtKMAV, 

y\w.\ i.i i m, 

M'A A. DtCUT, 

I! M'llAKI. Ill I 



It would he desirable for all 

taking an interest in the allSi: 

• iny of "ur brethren in Ore- 

g"li to UOI a little in.. it of the 
ate of the Chureh there, 

moh as 

1. II OH many in. inher- are conn 

ted m tout church organisation, as 

being m full fellowship at this time 


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C >( deacon hr 

many ministering an-.l tho articles written to you since 
rethren in goo, I standing my departure, for I have not re- 

ft iv Among you . 

How many members, private 
or otherwise, are at present not in 
full fellowship on account of diffi- 
culties ? 

Ami further, as we presume the 
appeal is to the general Church, 
though it is not plainly stated to be 
BO, it may he advisable that the 
brethren in Oregon state this ex- 
plicitly, and let Id know whether 
they designed their request to come 
before the Annual Meeting. 

There will he a District Meeting 
for the State of Kansas and the 
W< -tern part of the State of Missou- 
ri, held in Kansas, commencing on 
Baste r Sunday. We have been re- 
quested to give notice of the above 
meeting in the " Visitor," but the 
place was not named. We presume 
it will be in Douglas Co. 


The work of stereotyping the New 
Hymn Book has been commenced 
and it will soon be completed. — 
We have made a contract for a 
large edition to be ready for dis- 
tribution* by the 1st of April. By 
the time we issue our March No. 
we shall be able to give the price 
&c, and the brethren can then 
send in their orders. — Visitor. 

Brother Huhimjer ; We wish you to 
publish the brcthrens District Meet- 
in,' "f the Middle District of Indiana 
which will take place the Lord will- 
ing on Friday the 26th day of April 
1 B67, six miles North of Peru, at 
the Brethren's Meeting-house near 
Mexico, Brethem coming by Hail 
■\ ill stop at I'eru ; there will be 
conveyance to convey the brethren 
to the place of meeting. 
By request of Kid Saml Murray 
A LKEDY, Jr. " 
Antibeh In I 

Our Soul hern « orrci| Ifin <• . 

Madison, Georgia, ) 
Feb. 25, I-''.:, f 

Brother ll'ilxinyrr.—I know not 
what disposition you have made of 

ceived any copies of the Compan- 
ion. I wish now to say that I 
have changed my address, and in- 
stead of directing to me at Savan- 
ah, as before, my Post Office now 
is Madison, Georgia, to which all 
mail matter should be sent. If 
you have sent papers to me at Sa- 
vannah they will follow me, but 
hereafter send to this place. 

As a general thing the white 
people here arc opposed to having 
negroes educated ; they are not fa- 
vorable to having Northern people 
come here and teach the Freed- 
men. That makes it very un- 
pleasant. But with all the opposi- 
tion, there are those who are wil- 
ling to forego the pleasures of so- 
ciety, and labor for the moral and 
mental good of the poor colored 
man. The work goes bravely on, 
and in every State schools are es- 
tablished and teachers supported by 
different religious societies, they 
being protected in their labors by 
officers of the Freedraan's c Bureau. 
While in Savannah I was kindly 
invited to stop with a branch of 
the American Missionary Associa- 
tion. They employ ten teachers 
and two missionaries in and around 
Savannah. They have about six 
hundred children in their day- 
schools, and over three hundred 
adults attending night school, be- 
sides between two hundred and 
three hundred Sunday scholars. — 
They have about the same num- 
ber under instruction at Augusta, 
and also at Atlanta. I have been 
visiting these schools, assisting 
where I was needed, and speaking 
to the scholars. My object has 
been to gain information, and so 
far as I am able to judge, a vast 
amount of good can be done here. 
All arc very anxious to learn, and 
I am entirely satisfied with the re- 
mark made in my last, " that the 
teacher of the mind should also be 
a moral instructor ; for in travel- 
ing among them I find that nearly 
all are inclined to bo religious. — 
But such a religion as they have 
can only be understood alter hav- 

and su- 

ing learned the 


perstitious customs that have re- 
sulted from the system of servi- 
tude in which they have lived. — 
"They would be Christians if they 
know how." With a view of test- 
ing the practical effects of teach- 
ing and preaching to these people, 
I have taken charge of a school ; 
it is being well attended already, 
and my object is to preach when- 
ever opportunity is afforded ; but 
especially to have religions train- 
ing in all the schools, day, even- 
ing, and Sabbath. Yours, 

Your paper has been carefully sent 
to your order, postpaid, and will be 
continued ; we only regret that you 
do not receive it promptly. All your 
requests will receive special atten'n. 

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L C Blough' Johnotown, Pa. 

John Ogg, Preston, Minn. 

Jacob Kepner, Johnsville, Ohio 

John Keiff, Norristown, Pa. 

Jacob Bcrkey, Seal pie vel, Pa. 

Jacob Krabel " 

Jacob Hartman, Bartonia, Ind 

Maria Hofl'master, Montery, Mich. 

Miss Mary C Hoffman, Huntingdon, Pa 

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Danl Fleck, sr., James Creek, Pa. 

Mrs Lizzie Rowland, Hagerstown, Md. 

Aaron Miller Windsor Cal 

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Number 11. 

for the Companion. 

Though'* in Sickness. 

I I w, 

Your redemption draweth ni/ih ; 
er comes with every morrow, 
rer-comed with every • 

"W lion we walk the verdant pathways, 
Of the garden of our God, 

ill then forget the anguish 
Suffered "ucath the oppressors rod. 

"When we pluck the golden frail 

W!i"ii ire drink of life's fair river 
We thai! then from pail 


V.' n ; 

Tci II bhout, ameu ! 

i broncj 
Whli wd. 

Walk with him in whi 
YVi -ii.ii.: bear the vviv i ol harj 
In II 


v hite. 

W.J. If. ' 

Scarcely Saved. 

•i.'p ( o. 

•■The whole world lieth in wick- 
Sin did not v 
ilin nt' iuani 
ture into man, but flowed dov n 
man into thf objective world, 
ing it- l;i\ :t of corruption and 

all her departments, so that 

. and 

liletfi in pain together until 

In consequence of th 
ment in a common ruin of man 
mtward world, Satan witli- 








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creature, and the absolute and indis- 

ble necessity of the Holy 
iis's inlluencc i;i our salvation. V\ a 
can do much, but in the matter of 
redemption, in, its totality, we can 
do jus; nothing at all. We can and 
mu.-t work out our own salvation 
with fear and trembling, but tb 
fectiveuess of our agency is entirely 
dependent on co-operation from a- 
bovc : "It is God that worketh in 
you to v. ill and to do." That salva- 
tion is referred to our own* efforts 
does ii use with the work of 

the Holy Ghost That we ar< 
ed by grace, a I must work to 

will and to do, does, not set 
our own agency. Between these 
two i - is the vbl 

whirls millions to hell. Some make 
additions without number, both of 
doctrines and ordinate 
something pi 

man can : 

u of l>i'. i 

and live 
■ at their 

i vi 
i blend the Divin 
human elements ij 
blended u f Nazareth J 

gain-: dilli- 

culty of being : into 

th that v\ 


.hat "tho 
and will bi 

1 Ihi- 

With perfect knowledge of our in- 
firmities, and sympathy in the ■ 
urc resulting 'herefrom, L'hri 
joined his disciples to "watch and 

And on another oec 
Jesus "spake a parable, to this 
that men ought always to pray, 
not to faint.' And Paul, in&ccord- 
ffith the words of the Savior, 
gives the injunction to "pray 
out ceasing." Where such 
watchfulness and supplication are 

1. there must be an artful, 
gerous foe to • id the 

of our contest must I 
ns import. I 
enemy is the . 

only, but of the :' the 

uni\ erse ; and an ( 

nt on our conflict with 
the powers o( darkiu 
der that our p- 

work of I with 

and trenibun 


a proi 


. and in t 

th implii 
wheu . 

ten! or exj i 


tiun bv thi 

mal. iuheri 


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^ earth we tadlj in The A- 

Paul not ovljfeU this imper- 

t ion, but forour encouragement he 
repeatedly put on record his 
struggles ana heartaches, in his 
epistles to the churches. In Rom. 
7 : 21 . he is even driven to such a 
] itch of feeling, such a degree of 
loathing and self ahhorrence, as to 
give o^i ic.-sion to words which none 
can appreciate save those who have 

n "in the belly hell," and arc ex- 
ercised in perpetual warfare against 
the tendency to relapse into the 
mould of carnal nature. "0 wretch- 
ed man that 1 am ! who will deliver 

me from the body of this death ?" 

The cry is not for emancipation from 
the fetters of an unrcgenerate state,' 
nor for deliverance from the con- 
Bcioufi L r uilt of an enlightened under- 
standing; but it is the earnett, heart- 
felt utterance of a renewed soul in 
itt painful chafing! against a body 

i /t. When Paul gave expression 
to this impassioned outburst of his 
struggling spirit, he became the 
mouthpiece of the Church Univer- 
sal, some seem to regard the lan- 
guage of the apostle as having refer- 

e t'lih to the passage from dark- 
light, and from death to life, 
but it accords too well with eh 
tian experience to restrict it to so 
limited an application. Every true 
child of God, who has been any con- 
siderable time in the great work of 

I aration for immortal glory, has 
] aesed through seasons when the 
Btruggle between the flesh and the 
fierce, that in the agony 
of his burdened soul he was con- 
strained to pray substantially if not 
literally with Paul. "() wretched man 
that 1 am '. who will deliver me from 
the body ef this death?" Or, in 
other words, u who will give me the 
victory over the body of sin r" The 
a | • wers his own question in 

the two foflowmg verses. He as* 
cribes his triumph to "Jesus Christ 
our Lord," and ••thanks God on that 
| | MB, he glories in 
the confidence that, notwithstanding 

fearful struggle! with indwelling 
•■•here Is do condemnation to 
'I them who are in Christ Juu*. n En 
c |' 1 Cor. 16: 67, h<' ghres utteranci 
, /, ii view of the fi 

nal and complete overthrow of the 
kingdom of darkness : "thanks be to 
God which giveth us the victory 
through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 ' — 
He is "the author and finisher of 
our faith," He "keeps us by his 
mighty power," His very life is 
pledged for our security, but so cor- 
rupt and "desperately wicked" is 
the human heart, and so many, ma- 
licious and crafty are our spiritual 
foes, that the righteous are "scarce- 
ly saved." 

In Phil. 3 : 13, 14, the apostle re- 
fers to the same feature in the chris- 
tian life. He does "not count him- 
self to have apprehended." He dis- 
claims perfection. But while he 
would forget the things which arc 
behind, Jnd reach forth unto those 
things which are before, he presses 
toward the mark for the prize of the 
high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 
We have in these words a practical 
comment upon a truth which often 
engages the thoughts of the believ- 
er. Often does the true disciple put 
the startling question to himself in 
seasons of darkness, and overwhelm- 
ing afflictions : will 1 he finally sav- 
ed, or will the sin that is in my flesh 
so far overpoiver me that when 
"weighed in the balance" I shall be 
"found wanting f So great is the 
difficulty of salvation, that the Holy 
Ghost himself declared, through the 
apostle Peter, "THE RIGHTEOUS 
Should not this declaration send its 
peal into out hearts like the "voice 
of seven thunders," keeping us on 
the alert, lest auy man take our 
crown ? The way of salvation is de- 
scribed as "narrow," and few there 
be that find it. "Many arc called 
but few chosen." The word "ma- 
ny" originally means "the multi- 
tub." or the entire mass. All are 
(ailed but few chosen. In Eph. 1 : 
1. it is stated that we arc chosen in 
< 'hrist. Few arc chosen because 
few receive him, live for him, and 
abide in him. "As many as receiv- 
ed him, to them gave lie power to 
become the sons "f God; not as ma- 
ny as were made bo r« reive him. 
Their power to become sons lay in 
their voluntary reception of Him. 
"Yc will not come to me that ye 

might have life." All "who walk 
not after the flesh but after the Spir- 
it," are in Christ. To such there is 
"no condemnation," because they 
arc chosen ; and their being chosen, 
and acquitted, is dependent on their 
walking contrary to the flesh and 
according to the Spirit. Not that 
they were not "chosen in Christ be- 
fore the foundation of the world," 
as Christ is Himcelf the Elect of 
God ; but ll> was chosen in view of 
His death, and the saints in view 
of their life. So that being chos- 
en in Christ Jesus involves our agen- 
cy as truly as that of God. With 
all this prevision and provision, "the 
righteous are scarcely saved." To 
fall away after regeneration is possi- 
ble. The doctrine that no one who 
has in very truth been born of God 
can ever perish, on the ground that 
the life of God is undistinctible, is a 
most pernicious heresy. 

What kind of life had Lucifer and 
his adherents ? What kmd of life 
had those of whom Paul writes with 
such awful solemnity in Heb. 6 : 4, 
5, G ? No refinement in theology, 
no plausibility of creed, can make it 
appear that a person is chosen unto 
eternal life independent of his perso-" 
nal co-operation. All who read the 
Gospel, or hear it preached, are 
called of God, and nothing can re- 
lease them from their awful respon- 
sibility, or their solemn obligation 
of duty ? Oh, what a weighty, 
overwhelming thought is this : 
"Called of God !" The scorner of 
the Gospel, the blasphemer of the 
Savior, is called of God in the midst 
of his revelry, rebellion, and count- 
less modes of sin. Called of God, 
Sailed of God ; how these words 
will sting and burn the lost soul, 
and give the lie to the doctrine of a 
limited atonement, a7id restrict- 
ed operation of the saving influences 
of the IfoJy Ghost in the day of 
grace. To turn a deaf ear to " the 
voice of the Son of God," to tram- 
ple on the precious blood of the 
everlasting covenant, to spurn the 
gracious, alluring imitation of Je- 
JOS, will inconceivably augment the 
future woes of the damned ; and 
when their sentence of condemna- (■ 
tion comes like a deluge of fire from 

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the lips of Eternal Justice, tbat 
"blessed Gospel" which was here 
offered them as the " savor of life 
unto life," will become a " savor of 
death unto death, — the " Second 
Death." Oh, better never to have 
seen the light of day, or to have 
felt one throb of life, than to go 
down to "everlasting punishment," 
scorched, withered, and blasted with 
the "wkatii of THE Lamb," 

But they who are indeed disciples 
of Jesus, have not only been called, 
but they are chosen. They were 
chosen before their call, but not in- 
dependent of, or apart from, their 
acceptation of the call. They are 
"giving all diligence to make their 
catling and election sure." This 
not only evince* that we are chosen, 
but is essential to the true idea of 
being chosen. We are " called to 
be saint «." What is a saint? It 
is a holy one, and to be holy is to 
be like God, for this is his discine- 
tive character : "be ye holy, for I 
a m holy. 1 ' Well may the apostle 
call the Christian life a "high call- 
ing." It is Divine and Heavenly — 
the "high calling of God." And to 
make the idea of election and pre- 
destination harmonize with our in- 
nate, heaven-implanted sense of jus- 
tice, it is added, " in Christ Jesus." 
It is of God, assimilates to God, and 
is designed to bring us iuto the im- 
mediate presence <>i' God. It i- a 
calling to a state of heavenly bleat 
ednc-s and eternal glory. It is a 

high calling, fur it lilts the enemies 
of God "ut of the mire of -in, and 

sets them with Christ on his Throne. 

\\ i- are "oh teen m Christ, that we 
should be holy, and without blame 
before him in love." To be I Mint 
is to be a "partaker of the Divine 

nature," a transoripl of < lod'a holi- 
ness, a reflection of God'i image, a 
a living, breathing represent 
"t I tads Son. | »,, w,- answer the 
character ut' this M bixrli calling ?" 
Mn : wr oo< acknowledge with 
Paul, that we "have oof ye! attain- 
ed, neither are already perfect." 

l!ut if we can m truth employ the 

remainder ofhii language, we Ifave 
till the aasuranoe ox being of the 

elect : '• / rth unto the 

things thai art - to- 

ward the mark.''' In this eager 
reaching forth, and thi3 earnest 
pressing forward, we have the evi- 
dence of being called of God and 

I chosen. But a vessel once filled 
from the "Crystal River of Life," 

: may again be "fitted to destruction," 
— "a vessel of wrath," "whose end 

I is to be burned." " If any' man 
draw back, my soul shall have no 
pleasure in him." "No man having 

I put hi3 hand to the plough, and 

! looking back, is fit for the kingdom 
of God." Woe, woe, woe unto 
those who, after "having known the j 
way of righteousness, turn again 
from the holy commandment deliv- 
ered unto them." Being, then, 
that the " righteous are scarcely 
saved," and even the most devoted 
and zealous may be "castaways" 
through want of watchfulness, and 
by neglecting to " crucify the flesh, 
with its affections and lusts," let us 
"give the more earnest heed to the 
things which we have heard, lest at 
any time we should let them .-lip." 

"If the righteous scarcely bo sav- 
ed, where shall the ungodly and the 
sinner appear ':" M An- 

swer it, ye profane, yc lewd, ye 
who trample mi the heart of Jesufl 
ry step you take, and who do 
despite tu the spirit of grace in all 
your WOrda and works. u WheM 
fhall the ungodly and th* sinm r <//»- 
vearV Answer it, ye Sabbath- 

• ••murderers of lath 

and murderers oi mothers," who 
walk toward the gates of Hell over 
the gray hairs and bleeding hearts 
of your parents. Oh, the roily, the 
madness, the ruin nt* procrastina- 
tion ! ( >ne has tah n a wife, and 
therefore he cannot oome. One is 
in quest of a wife, and cannot oome. 
I me has a farm, or oxen, and i- 

d that he cannot OOme. 
Another is -irainiiu all his ener 

to become rich, and has neither time 

nor disposition to heed the " high 

Balling of God." "VI hero shall the 

"llv and the tinner appear 

" [f the ri-htr.ii [y |„- 

c I.' what will be y ■«-• doom, who 
are j at out of Christ, and hare no 
place with • \\'li<r.- shall the 

I ■ • '• .. ■lemil, 

momentous question ring in the 

chambers of your soul until you 
"knoio in whom you have believed, 
and art persuuded that He is able 
to keep that that ichich you ham 
committed to him against that day ;"' 
for if you die in your present condi- 
tion, the deep, ceaseless wailings of 
Hell will forever reverberate the 
doleful answer. 

Union Deposit, Pa. 

For the Companion. 
Response to brother John W ise. 

Brother Wise : — Your remarks 
on the missionary question, found 
in Companion, Vol. 3, page 54, are 
plied in the right direction, and no 
doubt our brethren ere long will 
see what their duty is under the 
Gospel ; and I am satisfied when 
they are once convinced that it is 
their duty to furnish means to 
spread the Gospel, that many of 
them will promptly respond. 

Three year- ago 1 wai sternly op- 
posed to doing anything in that di- 
rection, thinking it was wr »ng ; but 
when I began to examine the G 
pel in an unprejudiced manner I be- 
gan to see that 1 was lull oi' preju- 
dice, on this point, which pre- 
vented, me from viewing the mis- 
sionary cause in it- proper light ; 
which prejodii e 1 - ">n three 
and changed my views acoording to 
the Bible. Then 1 could i 
stand what Paul meant when he 
said the Lord ordained that they 
that preached the Gospel should 
' ' ■ G ipel. Vi 1 if God or- 
dained it what was 1, that 1 could 
withstand it. 1 am not in fa\ 
making the minister entirely de- 
pendent on the church : I think that 

should ha\e tome ether 

mean- and if the 1 i 

ailed hiui - nona- 

ry to spread the Gospel, 

sinners from darkness to light, 
from the power of sin . u U> 

the church famish menus 
t i lUpply all t: 

haVS n ; t lit- 

tle district tree And as we 

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\ I yon and 

r .. m!io stand at the 

* ^ helm, should, at our next Annual 
meeting, adopt Borne plan by which 
the necessary amount of mean.-; 
could be furnished. When we look 
around and see a corrupt Christen- 
dom aha as it were, 
D and earth, to raise means to 
spread fake • . and we are 
g comparatively nothing to- 
reading the Truth, — dear 
brethren it i- If we were 
to make as much of an effort to 
raise means for the benefit of the 
Church, to spread a pure Gospel, 
which the Lord commanded, as we 
are to procure means to lay up 
treasures on earth, which the Lord 
said we should not do, how many 
more precious souls might be brought 
to a Baving knowledge of the truth, 
that otherwise must die and be lost. 
Aid who is resposible '.' The Lord 
| us in a land of liberty, 
and Libles, with a rich soil from 
which our barns and store houses 
are filled ; and our sales with rich 
ires and valuable jewels, which 
we are not willing to give the Lord 
a part. Think, 0, think, brethren, 
what are we doing; 1 hope to sec 
our next Annual Meeting adopt 
some uniform system of both fur- 
nishing men and means. Brother 
"Wise has told us how the' Holy 
Ghost sets apart men, for to go and 
out the Lord's commission: 
into all the world and preach 
I will see if I 
find a way to Pirnish the means. 
The apostle Paul (1 Cor. 1< 

: "Upon the first day of the 
week, let every one "'i you lay by 
him in . as the Lord I 

' him, that tl. i gather- 

Ue a 1 c mi ." This is very 

(no),'- This 

cominandmenl upon 

one : then cyerj one should . 
■rushing i r the b< 

of the church of Christ as the 
him : • ■ 
• • itieSi In 


. whii h i 
■ ( ! mdiua <'. sar, the 
. man ac- 

to his ability. 
Bend relief unto the brethren which 
, dwell at Judea. Acts 11: 28 
Every man according to his ability 
determined, fcc. Here was a uni- 
ted determination to semi relief to 
the brethren at .Judea. Now let us 
also form a united determination to 
furnish means according to our sev- 
eral abilities for the benefit of the 
Church, and no mistake but there 
will be means enough to supply the 
demands of the Church. Paul says 
that there be no gathering when I 
come ; this shows that we should al- 
ways have means at hand. 

In the first volume of duizots 
Gibbon, page 174, we have the fol- 
lowing, under the caption, "Distri- 
bution of the revenue." The bish- : 
op was the natural steward of the 
Church ; the public stock was en- I 
trusted to his care, without count, ! 
or control. A decent portion was 
reserved for the maintainance of the 
bishop and his clergy. A sufficient I 
sum was allotted for the expense of 
the public worship, of which the 
feast of love constituted a very 
pleasing part ; the whole remainder 
was the sacred parimony for the 
poor ; it was distributed to support 
widows and orphans ; to relieve the 
sick, the aged of the community ; to 
comfort strangers and pilgrims, and 
to alleviate the misfortunes of priso- 
ners and captives, especially when 
their sufferings had been occasioned 
by their firm attachment to their re- 
ligion. The primitive Christians 

idemn pleasure and luxury. — 
They considered all levity of dis- 
course as a criminal abuse of the 
gil't of speech. Gray apparel, mag- 
nificent houses, and elegant furni- 
ture would unite in a double guilt of 
pride ; among the various artii 
which excited their fiercest indigna- 
tion were false hair, garments of 
many colors, instruments of music, 
vaces of gold or silver, foreign 
wines, public salutations, the pr 
tice of shaving the beard : together 
with many other things that we 
might notice that they denied them- 
of, and instead of spending 
money for them they appropriat a 
it tor the benefit of the church, and 
for tin- spel : and 1 

believe that they would have spurn- 
ed the filthy practice of smoking 
and chewing tobacco." Dear breth- 
ren let us take our primitive breth- 
ren for example, deny ourselves of 
like luxuries and appropriate the 
money that we spend for them for 
the benefit of the Church. 1 low- 
many sinners might be brought to a 
saving knowledge of the truth, and 
destitute orphans and widows made 
to rejoice in the God of their salva- 
tion. Will we not be held responsi- 
ble for not doing what we have in 
our power to do ? Will some brother 

A. LEEDY, Jr. 
AntiocJt, Li']. 

For the Comptnion. 

In looking back through the -dim 
vi-ta of years, how many, how 
very many hours which were unim- 
proved rise to our mind's eye ; bow 
many unkind words we have uttered 
which after they were "spoken we 
would have done all in our power to 
recall. We often hear persons say : 
"what is the use in looking back up- 
on that which is past"? and yet I 
think it is good for us sometime- to 
take a retrospective view of our 
words and actions, and when we 
find we have erred, we can, and if 
we are wise, we will, endeavor to do 
better in the future ; so that the 
same errors occur not again. And 
When we see days and hours which 
have been wasted in idleness, it 
should make us doubly diligent so 
that we do not allow any more of 
those precious moments, which God 
has given us to improve, run to 
waste : for surely it is written that 
for every idle word we speak, and 

moment we misuse wo shall be 
called to an account, at that great 
lav when the Lord shall come to 

the whole earth, ai.d the in- 
habitants thereof; and according as 
our works, so shall our reward be. 
There will be no excuse for us then ; 
it will be to t.'O late to do better. 
The christian, can look back with 
ure upon his past life, and 
may recall many pleasant Bi 
many kind acts which were done ; 
manj kind words which were spoken 

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oiie in distress; words which Feelii .. 

have soothed the troubled heart lllcasuae of bei frce from "- i 

of s. ••wanderer in this world , vhile that of UlAe h a ^ My work today was of ,, 

' "J** wouM hc * e n tge of the delicioianess of our- tlire M to mak, tired 

feasant of all he can recall to h» By the org :nell we ™*n I was nearly throagli with i 

ml. the time when be was du ^perceive the fragrance of flower.. I bought 
meat,,, bythe help of the Lord, o VTith the eyes we see beautiful ob- 
J« n ffnS«nneMt0 8ee*e^«Tor # of : nd 'with the ear perceive 

are nleasine to u- 

pleaeant it would now be to sit d 

a ,"' 1 rt " :t - • to W welcom 

their ways- Ons would afford him 80unda thal are 1(jasl ' the weary one. But the rest thai 

much happ.n , did he expect There is no one. we think, that is e W here i, but momentary, i 

no other reward. On the other ,., ., r .... ,i -r »i ' ._. ■.,- oit«/.;««* i , 

I other' reward. On the_othcr noVfond of picture. ~ We'noTon- f«?cient, however, to "reli 

!TV! 1 .' J l WU , ni : lca ! a! \ t . for t F"H !*!<***« it, lmt we are naturally bodies for the present. But duty 

■ for it. j call > u ^ from our easy position, 

to look back upon time which has inclined to 

been spent in the persuit of sinful ' This is alVriglu so 'long as we try wc S et tired'again 

-ires "nt.1 he has anyed at an 10 ge t it in the right way. 

r± a, ;,?i^r,-i n „ a , cvc j„" 1 ^!' t? «*««• »r A* *UL 

but if we 

Cut thare 

late, he will if he is wise seek for- 
giveness while time is yet alloted 
unto him. Then how careful should 

■ d we do no 
seek it in idle words or 
deeds we do not find it on the nar- 
row road. We may find manv 
gs in nature which will 
■ wire ; but this is not last- 
iiir pleasure. The only pi 

Ave be who are yet in the vigor of 
youth, to improve each passing mo- 
ment so that when our work here on 
earth is ended and we shall be call- 

cd to give an account of_ our stew- wh " e ' njoja ^^ f^ ' 
ubtap here, we may do i with joy ure is the christian. It is ph 
.".1 racing and not with sol , hijffl to fre , thc * rf ™ 

, °; "T" ; vho are S° ,h brut, and to partake 

IT I!!"'? H Kl l UlC ,1; ' that will keep alive 

with the 

or peaceful 

i o weary w,i> .. nj 

•9 is a joy 

■lin lor, -Very wounded br, 
round alone In li 

Think, <) think of it, fellow mortal. 

afford t ! icre 1S , a swcet aml P'easai 
ne ahead: but rem, 

Did you tlnnk so far . 
thought of t ; . 

is no rest to us when 

now turn before it man 

00 late forsake then- evil , . iritlial th;it . 

wpellcd to beauties of i ,pel and wit 

"" k fj JP" time, when they di- the natura] ea ,. he ^ £ ™ 

SfifS !r c,I »- l * *• ««S *K ^ent labor 

us when 
: and wh 
•hen we are not tired. 

. we 
sees the f n , not luli - v a PJ>reciate it m 

man who does not perf 

ridiculed the advice of | things are 

P ar " Wends and they will 80Urc<58 of °, lcas ^QiFSZ "-'^' > exteni 

^ made to feel thai the da 3 of •. . than all the world besid fabours continualy. 

Sf^ H r « ;'" : to those of the 1: )8t . ' " ' > ' -mporaly R,r the 

fcrfcepenaltj * «► precious faith by strong bon 7 and tired-t 

erantthateuenmaynot christian love/ 

union there, and strength in that ** B0 ' B P'ritaalj 

with any who persue 

for it. 

lines. We all have h Wort I 





brethren, l, . netl 


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• a* when we and is loved bv them m^relu^ " re l*~those wf. 

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7 U,i :>' M 'r, k ; i "\ «>* tl,ahei, oneo 

r ■ , i ] -• The true d 

'at will admit of about the "7- 


£rilSlJLl H .°«7> V l " P arLjon * ith Plural , 

reel — "I that a th sun with the stars. \ 


! Grl 

orv, awaits us which 

the righteous shall v. 
M \i:v M. CI 3TER. 
Phil > •/. i j } 


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For the Companion. 
I.l< Hliinga lor Ui«* Soul. 

The apostle says: "I beseech you 
therefore, brethren, by the mercies 
of God, net y« pr esen t your bodies 
a Bring sacrifice, holy, acceptable 
unto Grod, an Inch is your reasonable 
service. And be not conformed ;" 
kc. Romans 12: 1. Sec also Jer. 
45th and 5th. The apostle also 
says : "know yo not that to whom 
vc yield yourselves servants to obey 
r\ants ye are, to whom ye 
obey ; whether of sin unto death, or 
of obedience unto righteousness." — 
If we labor and toil sometimes, al- 
most night and day, in order to ob- 
tain the necessaries of life ; or to 
have to give to them who have not, 
(for the poor ye have always) we 
are servants of obedience ; but if 
the motive is to excel, or outshine 
our fellow-creatures, in decorating 
our houses, our horses, our vehicles, 
or our mortal bodies, we. are not 
presenting our bodies, we are not 
sacrificing to God but to the carnal 
mind, or to the God of this world ; 
but if we weary our bodies in grati- 
fying the carnal mind, should it be 
on the Stage, in the Theatre, in the 
Ball-room, or any other place, where 
the object is to gratify that mind, 
that is not Bubjeet to the law of God, 
we are sacrificing to devils, and not 
to God. Therefore we should let 
our light shine, in all our acts, and 
conversation ; that our fellow-mor- 
tals, whose minds are fixed on earth- 
ly things, might see that our treas- 
ure is in heaven, and our minds 
concerned about heavenly things ; 
and thai we would be as lights to 
the world, and salt to the earth. — 
But what shall I say of whoremon- 
gers, adulterers, murderers, drunk- 
. and alas what we have so much 
of in our day, caning and swearing 
and taking the name of <iod in rain. 
Oh fellow man think of that unruly 

member wherewith we praise God 

and curse men. But beware, thorns 
do not bear figs, neither does the 
olive brunch bear thistles ; but Paul 
i.'n eharaeters (as above men- 
tioned ) God will judge : and surely 

them unworthy of eternal life, 
y die without repenting of their 


lb-loved brethren and sisters, 
without sincerity we cannot please 
God. The great teacher said, not 
all that say Lord, Lord, &c. I un- 
derstand Christ to say not all those 
that make great pretensions to pie- 
ty, and godliness, shall enter into 
heaven ; but they that do the will of 
the Father which is in heaven. Now 
what is the Father's will. Well we 
will try and learn it from his (the 
Father's) word ; and he said to Mo 
ses, "I will raise them up a prophet 
like unto thee, and will put my words 
into his mouth, and he shall speak 
unto them all that I shall command 
him." And if 1 understand the 
Scriptures right we should neither 
add to nor diminish from- that word. 
Now Peter says : Paul wrote some 
things hard to be understood. And 
why so ? I think it is because there 
is too much ease in Zion, too much 
trusting in the mountain of Samaria, 
not humility enough amongst the 
professed disciples of the Lord Je 
sus Christ ; not enough of the adding 
of those virtues that will make us 
that we be neither barren nor un- 
fruitful, in the knowledge of the 
word of God. 

We will now note some of Paul's 
writings that arc hard to be under- 
stood, or seem to be so, for the 
brethren cannot see eye to eye in 
regard to them. The covering of 
the head, the wearing of hair, and 
apparel, the avoidance or ban, the 
laying on of hands, and the saluta- 
tion of the holy kiss. Now I verily 
believe, we may displease God by 
omission, as well as by commission, 
but where we have not a thus saith 
the Lord for it, and we cannot see 
clearly, I would ask : would it not 
be better to stop a little before we 
<;ct to the mark, or line, than to run 
away over it, — and add a little vir- 
tue, and pray for a little more wis- 
dom, or discerning power. Now as 
regards laying on of hands, God pos- 
itively commanded Moses, to lay 
hands upon Joshua, to give him a 
charge and part of his honor; yet to 
mo it appears the way the brethren 
have it, as regards the 1 lying on of 
hands, is about as near the word as 
Ave can come to it : yet Moses in one 
instance received the commandment, 

and I believe obeyed; but there 
were many officers in the Church in 
Moses' day, yet I can not find any 
thing to convince me that the lay- 
ing on of hands was a general thing 
among the people of God. I would 
ask (inasmuch as we see that the 
apostles made use of it,) would it 
not be the more consistant as a qual- 
ification, than the ceremony of a 
kiss, Avhen we give our newly elect- 
ed officers a charge, or tell them 
their duty ? Well but Paul says 
four times greet or salute with a ho- 
ly kiss. And Peter says, greet ye 
one another with a kiss of charity 
(Love.) Now if a kis3 was in vogue 
amongst the people of God, before 
the apostles gave the injunction, 
(as I think it was more or less from 
the time Jacob kissed Rachael until 
Judas kissed the Savior.) Then 
the apostles must have designed a 
change. And was that change in 
time, place, or the substance of the 
thing ? Methinks the apostles tell by 
the word holy, or charity, which 
was not connected in the case of 
Absalom, or Judas. (For the true 
meaning of the word salutation, I 
Avould refer the inquirer to the 28th 
and 29th verses of the 1st chapter 
of Luke.) When I take a view of 
things at the present age of the 
world, I conclude that many of our 
noted or public men are embittered 
at each other, yet when they meet 
in public, their hailing and greeting 
ceremonies, are so polite, one would 
think they love each other ; yet I 
think there is dissimulation. So I 
think the apostles, with their dis- 
cerning power, knew what was lack- 
ing in their greetings and saluta- 
tions, to make them acceptable Ayith 

Noav as regards aA'oidance, if we 
only could get Paul's true meaning 
then all would harmonize. The Ger- 
man reads : "if there be any one 
who suft'ereth himself to be called a 
brother," is such and such, putaAvay 
from amongst yourselves that wick- 
ed person ; and where shall we put 
him " or where can Ave put him else 
than from Avhence Ave received him ? 
But in this, as in many other things, 
if any man lack wisdom, let him ask 
it of God who* giveth liberally unto , 



all men, and upbraidcth not. For 
instance the law, or the using and 
not abusing thereof. If we could 
only always get into the right chan- 
nel, or true meaning of the apostle, 
we would get along more smooth- 
ly. "With me it is thus, if the apos- 
tles writings clashes with the word 
of God, (take notice Christ says the 
words I speak are not mine but the 
Father's who sent me.) I conclude 
it is not because the apostle is wrong 
but because I do not understand 
him right. So with riches, and sci- 
ence, which might be useful in their 
proper place, but if we trust in these 
uncertain things, and are not rich 
toward God, Christ tells us how hard 
it will be to enter into heaven. So, 
then, let us remember that blessed 
are the poor in spirit ; blessed are 
they that do hunger and thirst after 
righteousness, for they shall be fill- 
ed. And woe unto them that are at 
ease in Zion, and trust in the moun- 
tain of Samaria. See Amos 5:1. 
Gettysburg, Pa. 

Fur tfie C<jin],aalon* 
Remark* ou Matthew 5: £5, 20. 

The words under consideration 
were spoken by our blessed Re- 
deemer in his sermon on the mount. 
There are three fundamental prin- 
cipals laid down in the sermon on 
the mount. 1st. True happiness is 
not where the world would place 
it. Chapt. 5: 1—17. 2nd. The 
Gospel establishes tin- Law. Chapt. 
5: 17, to Chapt. 6. 8rd. A mere 
outward religion is vain. Chapt. 
G, to Chapt. 8. 

Tlii.s, it appears, is the longest 
discourse that our Savior deliver.- 1 
at any time to the people and it 
contain^ a great deal ofwholetome 
food for foil billable follow,! 

; 1 instructions, admonitions, and 

ad wees, and if we take hoc 1 to 

tin- instrnotioni contained therein. 
fuel make i proper application ox 

ame, we can avoid man') 
ons difficulties, but if we ihould let 
them slip a( any time we will suffer 
the severe penalty ofbeing oast in 
to prison. The instruction given 
in the 26th yerse i~. Agree with 

thine adversary quickly. The 8av« 

ior exhorts us here to a speedy , different kinds of books in the world 

settlement of difficulties, to seek all written in a style peculiar to 

reconciliation and agreement to their respective authors, and all too 

make acknowledgment of the wrong possessing more or less interest. 
and apply for favor while thou Authors pay particular regard to 

art in the way with him. This has the selection" and arrangement of 

reference to MatthewlB, where the their idies and words before they 

rule is laid down how members will submit their producti the 

should conduct themselves one to- public. They do this, perhaps be- 

ward another, when they have cause their reputation as scholars 

grievances to settle. Go and tell depends on it. — Reputation I ' 

him his fault between thee and depending upon the author's di. 

him alone. We should not blaze tions, we may not expect I the 

the matter over the whole neighbor- full man in the author, 
hood which always makes diificul- I have been thinking of a book 

ties more serious, and so from step which I do not have in my library 

to step it reaches extremes. The a book which would give' us 'a foil 
beginning of strife is as when one length portrait of its author— a book 
letteth out water. Prov. 17: 14. 1 mean, which would contain every 
How great a matter a little fire word that the author had ever utter- 
kindleth. And if so be that the \ ed since he had obtained to Year 
contending parties cannot agl •untability. — This i< the 'book of 
the next step will be the adversary which I have* long been thinking 
will deliver thee to the judge (which this is the book (containing even- 
is God's word) and the judge de- word and action, both public and 
liver thee to the officer (the church private) which would be most likely 
of God) and thou be cast into prison to show you a full sized picture of 
(the world) ; if he neglect to hear the author's mind. Do you blush 

the church let him be unto thee as 
an heathen man and a publican. 

The '26th verse is used by the 
Roman Catholics as a proof of Pur- 
gatory, and by others as indicating 
a restoration of the wicked from 
their place of punishment ; ho\w\ 
er plausible these applications may 
appear to the applier they are 
wholly unwarranted from the fact 

that our Savior \\a~ showing tl 

rious consequences of letting diffi- 
cultie by delaying to settle 

them. The church o'i' God has a 
practice, and that practice we con- 
tend is founded upon good author- 
ity, that if any member will not 
hear the Church he is excommuni- 
cated from the church, and he 
cannot come out of the prison un- 
til he has paid the uttermost faith- 
That is made full satisfaction, 
• lod ^rant that we 

may all settle our difficult: 
ft will he too l.r 


l Wand, I ' 


TIM threat Hook. 

- Tlure aro many J /• 

at the idea of your secret thou. 
and your every word being "sub- 
mitted to public print ! What a con- 
trast would there be ! Now we could 
( find language most chaste, then 

fcburst of passion and 
Words that might do credit | 
demon. .Now words utter* 1. i 
haps in prayer to God, bj 
spirit you ] 

then again a long line or tw< 
words that would almost oonvu 
you that the author ws 
pravad. Now hot, then cold, - 

pure, and chaste in oonve] 

then ( is circumstances would 

quire) obscene, would not this 
i great book ! Would it 

veal the true character of 
J i blush, and well you mu\ at the 
vour thoughts and words and 
actions being published to thi 

^ Then, why not blu 

at the thought : i„ 

fast sp] r when i 

and aetu.u ; ,-wrv 

and Intent of your heart will 

1 . 
wth ted milli 

J, B. (.11 


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M .Ml 1KB IV. 


"Veruy . I Bay oi to you, that a 
rich man shall hardly enter into the 

in of heaven. And <></<///* I 
Bay unto you. It i> easier fur a oam- 
hrough the 

.ii to enter inl 
of the 1 by his 

with the utn mink- 

• xclamation, "who 
ed." After some 
i the part of the Sav- 
r began to justify himself 
with his brethren that they had for- 
all and followed him. This 
drew from the Savior one of the 
j romiscs upon so- 
rd. "Verily 1 say unto 
that ye which have followed 
in the regeneration when the 
f man shall Bit on the throne of 
. ye shall also sit upon 
twelve thrones, judging the twelve 
tribes of Ana every one 

that hath forsaken houses, or breth- 
ren, or sisters, or father, or mother, 
or wife, or children, or lands, for 
my i. halt receive a hun- 

; '* Id, and shall inherit ev< 
life." The above surprising 
ration of the Son of God was 
I to a demonstration in the 
of the young man of large pos- 
sessions, who inquired the way to 
eternal life. After some inquiries 

the command] 
young man replied that he observed 
all thi th. The 

inr then upon him with a 

sympathetic love, undoub 

ive of pity, and said, 
thing thou la 
Bell whatsoever tl. 
t>. t; . and th [( have 

re in heav< n." At th;. 
ing the young man b< 

ful, forfeiting the 
; kricc thro' 

This that a rich 

Imitted i king- 

; ] .ir- 
of the nal 

which necessary excludes its vota- 
ries from the celestial kingdom. It 
also ini]ilie8 that it is extremely dif- 
ficult for a man who has lar^i. 

08, not to trust in his riches, 

and lie ready to resign his worldly 

treasures when the goepoJ requires 

it. This consideration should he an 

-n to the poorer class- 

and it i hould encour- 

.in to submit with contentment 

to the allotments of Providence, for 
their circumstances do not c . 
them t > the Baine temptations as the 
rich, to neglect the gospel and those 
things which belong to their eternal 
peace. Many who profess religion 
are extremely fastidious in r> 

Dgelical views and orthodox 
opinions, and arc continually talk- 
ing about their .conversion, Bpiritu 
al mindedness, and union with Christ. 
But when solicited to contribute to 
a religious or philanthropic object, 
they will cither refuse, with disdain, 
or make an empty promise, or he- 
stow with a grudge the most insig- 
nificant sum in proportion to their 
means. Now such a disposition is 
altogether allied with that of the 
young man of large possessions. To 
give this subject a serious consider- 
ation, it presents itself to the mind 
as nothing more or less, than a prin- 
ciple of idolatry, as Paul defines it. 
The first principle of holiness is love 
to God, and must reign supreme and 
triumphant in every renewed soul. 
This boly affection includes in it 
reverence, admiration, humility, and 
gratitude ; and is accompanied with 
adorations of the periectioi 
and an unlimited ace upon 

him, in reference both to our t 
ral i eternal dc-ti- 

But on the contrary, he 

and fine 
.' i 
great, the honor that cometh from 
. y , ain glory of life, the ri-h- 
of his dr< 
furniture, the independence "1' his 
fortune, and the greatness of the iu- 
ince he provides for his cbil- 
bat Btand high- 
tbc n 
are tb shrine be 

ships, and whose attributes he a- 

dores. Let us for a moment "search 
and try our ways" and thoughts. — 

We go to the house of worship, un- 
der the profession of adoring the 
perfections' of God and giving him 
thanks at the remembrance of his 
mercy and goodness, bis loving kind- 
md divine care, while at the 
same time, during almost the whole 
of the services, our thoughts and de- 
sires have been wandering abroad 
among our gains and losses, among 
our commercial and agricultural 
projects, and among other worldly 
objects of covctoasness, while the 
God in whose hands our breath is, 
and whose are all our • have 

not glorified, although our hands 
were hypocritically lifted up in his 
sanctuary. Do Ave not seldom, or 
perhaps never, lift up"our hearts to 
God, in the midst of our worldly 
business, and implore his direction, 
and his assistance to guard us against 
worldly-mindedness and every temp- 
tation ? If our conscience hears 
witness against us that such disposi- 
tions are indulged, and such duties 
neglected, we have too much reason 
to suspect, that our hearts are not 
right with God, and that a principle 
intimately connected with idolatry, 
holds the ascendency over our 

In such a case, it becomes 
us to exercise a holy jealousy over 
ourselves, and to e the secret 

springs of our actions, lest, perad- 
venture, we may be found among 
those who are "without God in the 
ivorld." For if the principles and 
affections which constitute the 
enee of idolatry be found in the 
. and formed into a habit, the 
which awaits the idolater will 
he pr d by Him who 

discerncr of the th i id intents 

.of the heart,*' at that Q day 

when "he shall come to judge the 
'. in righ In conclu- 

sion let us consider the import of the 
words of our h 

d to give than to receive."' In 
irciso of this disposition we be- 
come imitators of God, and are as- 
similated to his character. 'When 
.cation into existence, 
ho could have no possible view, in 
launching innumerable worlds into 
the depth of space, but to display ( 




the glories of his nature, and to con- 
fer benefits on their inhabitants. — 
Could we wing our flight through 
the regions of immensity, ami sur- 
vey the' various ranks of the popu- 
lation of the universe, could we 
mingle with the bosts of angels and 
arch-angels, and witness their en- 
joyments, we should find that all 
the arrangements of the Almighty, 
in reference to their situation and 
activities, have a tendency to at- 
tribute to their felicity, that his be 
nevolence is 

whither we profess to be journeying. 
oene of pur, lal Lcneji- 

Xtw ]$nter\ rite. Pa. 

HlnicarlThou? Geu. 3:9. 

The above question waa the first 
that God ever put to mm : and it 
comes echoing down through the re- 
mote period of antiquity in its prim- 
itive strength and power, speaking 
in thunder 

tones to every son and 

displayed wherever daughter of Adam, '-where art thou" 

matter exists, and wherever there in the sight of thy God ? Fellow 

are sentient and intellectual beings 
to participate of his bounty. He 
is declared in Scripture to be "a- 
bundant in goodness,"' "good to 
all," continually '"doing good" and 
that "his tender mercies are over 
all his work-." Now, we are com- 
manded to be imitators of God in 
his universal beneficence. "Be ye 
merciful, as your Father in heaven 
is merciful; love your enemie- 
do good to them that hate you ; 
that ye may be the children of 
your Father who is in heaven; for 
naketa his sun to rise on the 
evil and on the good, and sendeth 
rain on thejust and on the unjust." 
By acting in this manner, we are 
likewise imitators of th d Re- 

deemer, '"who went about doing 
to all of men, with- 

out distinction of rank or nation. 
Though he was "the brightness of 
hi- bather's glory, icpress 

et "for our 
ne poor, and took up- 

forin of a Bervanl." 1 1 i - 

whole life on earth was an uninter- 
rupted Beries of beneficent acti 
iand now that "he has entered into 
ippear in tin of 

iced in bimj- 
lar benevolent Bervic< I . we 
• ild, tli Land) in the 

throne I 

pilgrims, let us think of this, with a 
solemn and reverential awe, when 

silence hovers nigh, and sheds 

his dear children, an <. • love, 

and to those who can appreci 

sweeter than music in its 

Fellow laborer upon the walls of 
Zion. die same voice is s]<eakin_: un- 
to us "where art thou V* 
mighty and fearful weight rests up- 
on us : then cry aloud and 
not ; be not discouraged, he that 
said feed the flock, also said, when 
the chief shepherd shall appear you 
shall receive a crown of glory that 
fadeth not away. 

Wanderers from the fold of < hrist 
who are now roaming over the sun- 

wc arc tempted to participate in the n . v Mils, and flowery & pleas- 

sinful amusements of this world ; \ "re, stop and pause : don't \o 

e be found on fori idden ground- sound ? it is the voitt 

like he who had eaten of the fruit! • Ba J Jn gi "where art thou ': <> do re- 
because it "wa- pleasant to the eve. ' Bpond as a youth of 
and a tree to be desired, to make &>*&, f° r tn y servant heareth." — 

one wise." O, lamentable ' how of- 
ten we follow the example of our 
arents. It matters little what 
God says, as regards our conduct in 
life, we will take our own course ; 

i< pleasant to the e; 
something to be desired to make us 
But hark! what an awe-in- 
spiring sound is that that appeals to 
ii nee ? It is the voice of 

ng, " H 
odd regard all Scripture as if 

■ a-ju-t uttering his voice from 
:. : so let us deeply r 
when we come t igetheT in the Sanc- 
tuary, that God is calling to us, 
"where art ti That we may 

With one of old :-ay '-here am 1." 
■ lo-i • in mj .... 
-hip thee. But bow shall we re- 
ply it in foolish jest 

on bqsh 
wiping on | I I ,,• lv . 

ply must he lik 
••1 heard tl j i 

tl with t ; 

d inhabitants, "aid leads them thankfulness will cru I. : 

l " ,,vll, o •'•'■ ' ... I And when we con 

.no then 

We are, tin i thorted to iat 


1 . 11 ' I 

and to walk m love ; lor he hath hot n , n . i . 

He will n when I 

in example ti .uld walk. 

in bi " In short, /■■ 

uuidst the thnnduriugs ami 


of Mount Sinai, but in 

Then vou can at a coming da- 
his voice, "well done good and faith- 
ful serva 


. Pa. 

— ♦♦ ■ 

A le« more. 
A few more d 
years may be a 11 

a. A few ... . 


■'.lose wb per- 

mitted t ■ 
while with the 

may 1 


and th 

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for the Companion. 
I' In- >li»si.»iinr> QmM. 

I design through this medium to 
address a few remarks to the broth- 
erhood at Urge, relative to the mis- 
sionary cause and to the propriety of 
disseminating tltc crrrlatting gos- 
without further delay. 

Mv humble convictions are that 
the ingathering of the unconverted 
jewi to the land of Palestine is not a 
more certain prelude to the second 
advent of our Lord and Savior, than 
the continued and increased excr- 
etions that are being made by the 
numerous denominations of professed 
Christianity to establish and support 
Home and Foreign missions. 

Why is it brethren that ive as a 
people approved of by the Lord, are 
so slow to act in this matter ? What 
is the impediment to actions ? Are 
we tarrying until the burden and 
heat of the day has been endured by 
others, expecting then to enter the 
vineyard of the Lord and recieve 
the same recompense for our la- 
bors ? Do we not know that in this 
age of the world, delays of this 
kind are dangerous ; 

The cause is certainly one of vital 
importance and should equally con- 
cern us all even though we are not 
alike gifted. He to whom the one 
talent was given (which was perhaps 
equal to his advantages) was quite 
as much at fault for the neglect of 
the same as though he had been the 
recipient of ten. 

I know not what the feelings of 
others arc ou this subject but if I 
were of the sterner sex and were 
commissioned by the church in con- 
junction with the Savior's command 
to "go into all the world, and preach 
the gospel to everu creature" me 
thinks I could traverse with untiring 
zeal and agility, not only the vest 
portions of the American Continent 
in quest of those trophies of immor- 
tal value, who in this enlightened 
day arc garnered in ignorance and 
unbelief but if need be could extend 
my mission across the blue waters ; 
to proclaim salvation full and free 
to all to erect the standard of the 
STOM where heathen altars with 
their vain oblations to the unknown 
God, have stood through succeeding 

ages where Sharon's Rose has never 
bloomed, for there the light of the 
gospel has never reflected its rays 
and the refreshing showers of divine 
grace have never descended to en- 
courage its youth. "The Lord 
will fill the desire of those that fear 
him. He will hear their cry and 
save them" A little more sleep, 
brethren ; a little more slumber, and 
a little more folding of the hands & 
the sayings of the prophecy of this 
book will be sealed, k the destiny of 
the nations will be unalterably fixed. 
Then woe to the watchman whose 
trumpet has given an uncertain 
sound. Expectant nations have 
heard the sound afar off, but the 
echo died away in the distance. 
The shadow has been vainly chased 
in search of the substance but it will 
vanish forever and forever. If I 
am permitted to urge the matter I 
will here add: "What thy hand 
finds to do, do with thy might." 

"The world appears 
To toll the death-bell of its own decease — 
Six thousand years of sorrow have well nigh 
Fulfilled their tardy and disasterous course 

Over a sinful word;" 

The christian dispensation is wan- 
ing, and what remains i3 merely 
as the rocking of a sea before a 
calm, and what is yet to take place 
or what events are to be crowded 
into the number of years yet re 
mainiug of the present century may 
be imagined but cannot with certain- 
ty be described. .The seventh thous- 
and, "the Sabbath of the world" 
may in all probability usher in the 
millennial era. And who of us in 
view of the past, the present, and 
the future, will be able to stand 
when "the Deliverer shall come to 
Zion, and turn away ungodliness 
from Jacob." These are solemn 
reflections and should earnestly en- 
gage the attention of overy think- 
ing mind, for "He which testifieth 
these things saith, Surely I come 
quickly, Aman, Even so, come, Lord 


Walnut Bottom, Pa. 

• » 

For the Companion. 

Patience we understand to mean 
the power of expecting long without 
discontent, and supporting injuries 

without revenge ; passiveness ; calm- 
ness under pain or privation. The 
apostle James says, "Let patience 
have her perfect work that ye may 
be perfect and entire, wanting noth- 
ing." If we are not patient we can- 
not become perfect. Brethren let 
each one of us examine our disposi- 
tion and actions, and compare them 
with the disposition of patience, and 
see how they agree. Then let us 
look at the example of the Master, 
so patient that even Pilate marveled 
and said, behold the man. It i3 de- 
clared in Holy writ, if we have not 
the spirit of Christ we are none of 
his. Let us bring the subject right 
'home to ourselves ; how is it with ub? 
Do we exercise that patience before 
the world in dealing, and with our 
domestics, and before our children ? 
Do we ever correct them in anger ? 
Perhaps we say no ; but then why 
did you talk so loud to your child, 
and afterwards not do what you 
threatened ? Because you got out 
of patience ; got angry in fact. Now 
I said some time ago, and I'll say 
it again, that preachers and parents 
at least should tell the truth, because 
they have the mind of the rising 
generation to train. Parents, let 
us be patient with our children ; and 
you, my fellow laborers in the vine- 
yard of the Lord, cultivate patience 
with the sinner ; dont pour out your 
fury ; tell them of the Iovp. of God. 
Be patient with your weak brother ; 
help him along ; encourage him. We 
all need help from man. as well as 
grace from God. Lastly have pa- 
tience (mind the definition) with 
one another, and love one another. 
By all means don't envy one anoth- 
er. "In your patience possess ye 
your souls." 

Union Bridge, Md. 

Spkakini; thkir Minds. — Noth- 
ing is more silly than the pleasure 
some people take in "speaking their 
minds." A man of this make will 
say a rude thing for the mere pleas- 
ure of saying it, when an opposite 
behavior, fully as innocent, might f * 
have preserved his friends or made K * 
his fortune. >^ 

l ^£3- 




Tyrone City, Pa., Mar. 12, 1867. 


Sunday, March 3rd. — Attended preaching 
at our meeting-bouse (Warriors Mark). — 
Took for our t ext ihe words : "Behold the 
Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of 
the world." 

Joseph Horst was present, whom we gave 
the benefit of a free notice in last volume, 
and solicited the meeting house to preach 
in, some week-day evening. Of course we 
could not grant it, as we require a good mor- 
al character as an essential qualification in 
the minister of the Gospel among ourselves, 
and it would not be consistent if we allow- 
ed others to preach for us without it. He 
is now endearoricg to associate himself with 
the Menonites. They had better beware of 
him. Just the other week we had an inqui- 
ry concerning him from the West. 

Monday, 1th. Press day. Everything 
worked pretty well, which is quite satisfac- 
tory, especially Bince we have concluded to 
make our next issue a double number. — 
Speaking of double numbers we will say 
that our patrons may expect at least nine 
double sheets during the 

Tuetday t bth. Went to Johnstown to see 
a brother-in-law (P. Shoopj who was re- 
ported dangerously ill, but whom I found 
convalescent, though still confined U> his 
room. 0, what a blessing is health. We 
cannot be thankful enough for it. because 
we cannot fully appreciate it until we lose 

The cars being crowded, we were obliged 
to stand, and took our position by the door, 
ut lore end of second car. Presently we 
were disturbed by several men passing for- 
waid, and presently several others, ami oth- 
er* again. Turning our face in that direc- 
tion we learned their object. The front car 
was the smoking car. There througli the 
cloud of smoke that filled the car, we could 
see visages of all classes; from the raw 
Irish, and German, with their white clay 
pipe*, to the city merchant and the useless 
dandy with their cigars and meerschaum ; 
persons who would associate, perhaps, un- 
der uo other circumstance*. Alter they had 
I their habits for the time, they dis- 
tributed themselves through the train, giv- 
ing Hi a portion of their elllu l 

\?ntw,.t.ii/, I'.lh. Took I il' -ep look into 
our "JfapMQript Box." Dear, U, deur, BOW 
■M we to dUpOM of all of it. "Kularge 
your paper," said a friend the other day. — 
He is not an Kditor. Uf course we v.ouJJ 


rather not publish all of it. Yet there is 
very little that wc would not feel disposed 
to give an abbreviation of the subject mat- 
ter ccntained therein. Some of our contrib- 
utors are becoming impatient, even some of 
whom we had not expected it. If all would 
study brevity we could accommodate a few 

Thursday, 1th. Finally succeeded in get- 
ting the promise of a bouse to move into by 
the first of April, being obliged to move a- 
gain. It is very inconvenient when one has 
to be shifting from place to place, pay a high 
rent, and put up with such as we can get. 

While looking over the secular papers we 
noticed a report of an earthquake in Ore- 
gon, on the 8th of January last. The sec- 
ond shock lasted about two or three min- 
utes. It is generally supposed to have been 
caused by the breaking up of a volcano near 
the Klamath Lake, as the lake is reported to 
have lowered about 6 feet, and a creek is 
entirely dried up. 

Friday, 8th. Had a visit by brother Gray- 
bill J/yers, who came to see how we are do- 
ing It is a consolation to know that our 
brethren are concerned in our welfare. 

<To (Our (Corrtspoubtnts. 

Under this head we will notice and reply to 
correspondents, aud give other notices, when 
if is thought advisable to withhold the real 
name, ffa demand, in all cases, the Writer's 

name, and reserve to onraetf the privilege 
of determining the propriety of publishing 


E. K. Zug. Tou have now credit till Vol. 
4, No.*. 

Testaments. We prepay the postage on 
all books tent by us at the rales iu our adver- 
l;-. m. lit. We have ouly the :.'.") r'.-., 50 cts., 
75 ets., $1.25, $3.00, aud MJ8 books on hand 
at pres 

Back NYmbeks. We have yet some odd 

number* Of volume I and I, which we have 

I ad for those of our patrons who may 

net d tii'in lu ioiupi. (• 

now baeesajag bwdeaeasM tad m must dis- 

' then. He therefore give ibis last no- 
tice, ami when the time has elaspid that we 
could heal from all, we shall send what ie- 
iii.uu on our bauds, to those who ask for 

in Nil. on. '-If you do not int. ml to 

oben I dou't oars of ha\ii>g 
any," say* one ol our MsbwrtbSfO, w I. 

to get nil his mini! Ml W <lo Intend | 

inr all thr numbers, m 
even robbed our tiles to aoeomuii 
sain till • '•» and » ueh daggers as the 

abOVO] 'alher sharply, alter ba\lng 

doue all In hi* power to evade it. V, 

paper fails to arrive subscribers at 'once put 
the blame on the publishers, just the place it 
does not belong once in a hundred cases. — 
Give the Post-masters, Messengers, and Mail 
agents a share of your reproof. 

Samikl P. Forrir says : "This is'the third 
letter I hare written to you, and have not 
received the "Companion" or an answer.'' — 
In No. 5 we noticed his second letter and re- 
quested him to give the addresses of those 
brethren for whom he ordered the paper, 
and now he writes his third letter, but leaves 
us as much in the dark as ever. At the top 
of his letter is Luray or Luray, but no State 
or County. He mentions the names ofH. 
H. Props, Nathan Spitler, and John Huff- 
man. Now if any of our readers can give 
us the addresses of either of the above per. 
sons, the)- will confer a favor upon us and 
them, as we can then write and hare the 
matter attended to. 

John E. Bossitman. No. 6 is entirely ex- 
hausted. This number hag been particular- 
ly unfortunate, from what reason we cannot 
tell. We have sent you the last three Men, 
of Vol. 2 again. 


'I In- Xew lit inn Book. 

As can be seen from our extract 
from the Visiter, in our last, the 
New Hymn Books will be ready 
about the first of next month. We 
have written to brother Qurator in 
gard to obtaining a supply of tlu-in 
and expect to be able to inform our 
readers in our uext whether they 
may be ordered through this office, 
and if so, at what rates. We an- 
ticipate for them a rapid sale as 
they have been long and anxiously 
looked for. 

Christ said : "Go Jt therefor* 
and teach nil MsKiVm ;" ( Matth 28 : 
1'.'. ) And : "(.iu \e i$d$ mi iMflMfM 
and nrtaeh ti> • ry crea- 

tor* ;"' (Matth. 14 : L6. | W liy, 
tin n, wnt 1 '.nil and >i!a«. with their 
ecliipuuioii ../i/< n of the 11 I 

i!ho$( to preach tht u\>rJ in A 
1 And, whin ti.. 

Mi\ ed ■■ tho 

Suirit $uper«d mam Ml." 
lii : 7. i Wk§ n 

J. W. BE I i; 
SkMrntittt, ///. 



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« OKIti:KI'OM>i:\( K. 

• All thr num- 
. r.i volume of the 
d our table, and they 

.11. as u-wal, very interesting 
and editing lerf&o&s. We nasi 
believe that it cannot tail of accom- 
plishing lnuch good throughout bur 
Brotherhood. As far as we have 
learned it has given very good satis- 
faction in our congregation, 
dally the Becond volume. It had 
only abon eribers from die j 

beginning, bnt about the middle of 
lunie received an addition of 
some 'J" names, and nearly all have j 
renewed, and besides 15 or 16 new ! 
ibcrs. And by a little re- ', 
Dewed exertion more might be ob- 
tained. It is not so very easy to 
please all, for there are always some 
of a selfish disposition. We should 
nlwavs bear in mind that the best of 
men will make mistakes, and the 
editor of this paper should be no 

Dear Readers: Perhaps there is 
yet a brother or sister, or a friend 
in your neighborhood, that is not 
acquainted with the '-Companion." 
. lend them a copy or two. 
them read them, and if they 
think it would be a benefit to their 
families, get them to become regu- 
lar readers. We believe the more 
irs the "Companion" will get 
the more wholesome it will be- 
The more readers the more 
writers ; and then the editor will 
i, ,t n il't them out so close- 

ly. Therefore let us use all dili- 
gence to incn •• its circulation, 
and we h arid by the pa- 

will he enlarged. As we 

Irani by th<- "church news," that 
our Brotherhood is spreading wider 

and wider, and as there is yet 
much latent talent which needs to be 
ght out, we ought to have a 
larger cheet to work with. If ev- 
ranch would iie • list 

as on. in) did, from 1 

50, the editor would soon be able 
t., gire us double ifxe. Though I 
init Little of publishing a j ,.- 
know that the la 
illation the cheaper the pa- 
ll out. We do not 

J per, • I 

a-k it cheaper but we would be 
pleased to see it enlarged. 

I' i. 

Remarks. — We should be pleas- 
ed to have our friends continue to 
solicit BUI eribers for the Companion. 
They need not relax because the Pull 
volume ran no longer be obtained. 
Our offer is still open : for every 
one hundred new subcribors added 
to our list we will give two double 

Could we not have an addition 
of several hundred name3 to be- 
gin with No. 18 to the end of the 
present volume for one dollar. — 
If every tenth subscriber now on 
our list would obtain one new- 
name, we could add over two 
hundred. This would make four 
double numbers. There is time 
enough to try, and we believe 
much may be done by using prop- 
er efforts. Those wishing to labor 
should order specimen numbers, 
which we supply gratis. 

We have not been sending as 
many specimen numbers during the 
first two months of this year as we 
did in the corresponding months 
of last year. Of course our list 
has been largely increased, and is 
still daily increasing, but we can- 
not think that our field is yet 
nearly supplied. We think that 
0000 copies would but scantily ac- 
c mi mo date our territory. Let all 
our friends, Mien, order a supply 
ecimen copies, and give us 
one more effort. 

Brother Holaingar ; — It was my 
purpose when I moved bo this State, 
to hunt up the scattered "sheep of 
the house of Israel," as 1 had under- 
. there were members in nearly 
county of the state. But Lin- 
os came in my way and I could 
not get away until a few weeks ago, 
when brother M. '1'. llaer. (a visit- 
ing In-other) and myself started in a 
sleigh, northward, and found in the 
evening old brother and Bister White, 

joy was like that of little 
children -when father and mother 
come lion,. . , ro visited in 

the Fall before our communion, and 
they then came, and communed for 
the first time, as they said, in four- 
teen years, and in that time they 
had seen no br'n., but Br. Kurtz & 
afterwards Jesse Calvert and John 

Stretch ; lloffmaster, with whom 

they lived, died 3 years ago without 
obtain!, g his desire to be baptized, 
while lie was yet well. Alas for 
procrastination ! 

From brother White's, we went 
still north another day's ride, and 
found a brother I lively, and his wife 
and mother, near Granville, on Grand 
River. From thence we turned 
Fast, another days ride to Iowa Co.; 
stopped with brother Andrew Shap- 
bell, and found fourteen members 
living within about 6 miles of each 
other, in a goodly country. Here 
it seemed the band of God had di- 
rected us, just at thj time of their 
need. They had been looking over 
a year for a shepherd to move to 
them ; but were disappointed : then 
wrote a letter to me but mis-directed 
it ; so, not hearing from us, they had 
consulted among each other about 
selling out and moving where breth- 
ren lived. Adding yet to all of this 
to heighten their distress, here comes 
in protracted preaching, gathering 
into their number for a six months 
religion all they could; going from 
house to house, "taking captive sil- 
ly," — nay would say weak women, 
arguing and disputing about' the 
"n oii-e-.-ei.tials'' in the Gospel, till 
the brethren were worried and dis- 
heartened. Under these circum- 
stances we commenced our meetings 
on Saturday evening. 9th inst.. and 
continued in (liferent houses until 
Wednesday evonir/w- receiving the 
approbation of preachers and lay- 
men publicly and privately. Though 
we do not labor for applause, yet 
when we do labor, and our labor is 
accepted and approved of, we feel 
better than when b] ; ised. Bui 
what gave as the itisf action 

was the happy appearance of our 
dear brethren and sisters, and the 
prospect of meeting them again, if 
not in this world of trials it will be 

■fS 5 ^ 


the trumpet with a clear sound; ina- 

Vi in the land of bliss and happine 

\ \ Having extended our stay several ny — yes many would come forth to 

\* days longer Uian intended, and the join the host--. We number now 
snow molting away with rain, we (from 1-4 when avc arrived) to near- 
bad to turn our way homeward in- 1 . without the 21 we lately 
I of pursuing our course further found. Come brethren — do come 
U*ch of brethren. We learned and help us. Go to JJattlecreek by 
here of a brother that there were rail ; then to Hastings by stage 11 
three brethren from Iowa living near miles north, at Cavrolton Centre iu- 
Battlecreek. We desire to find quire for Darwin Wood. They need 
them, and any one that can give us a speaker there. Their country is 
information about them or others, good ; conveniences satisfactory ; 
will please do so. the held wide, the harvest inviting. 
Leaving brother Darwin Wood, Our health hath improved much 
one mile from Carroll Centre, Berry since we are here. 
Co., on Thursday morning, and trav- , God prosper you, dear young 
eling a South-west direction, we Editor. 

reached brother White's in the even- FRED. P. LXEIIR, 
ing ; enjoyed sweet communion and Bloonun<jJuh>, Mich. Feb. 21, '67. 
a good night's rest ; we left for home — — 
leaving appointments for three weeks Brother flolitinger .-—While the 
hence, and so we reached home Fri-J Companion is a medium thro' which 
day evening, 16th inst, all well; the brethren and sisters can afford 
having been out 11 days, traveling encouragement to each othei in the 
200 miles in 5 day.-, and laboring 6 Holy Services of the master, and 
days ; visited twenty one members, while we would encourage the mem- 
being assured by the word of God hers to a lively interchange of 
that our labor (though in great weak- thought and experience, and thus 
nefl3) is hot in vain. make our periodicals useful and suc- 
With this 1 would close, but re- oeasfiu in their aims and efforts, we 
ceiving letters from different parts at the same time would have those 

by brethren inquiring about the 
country, the climate, and the socie- 
ty of people, I will state for the 
information of the brotherhood, that 
the country is a good one. Wheat 
produces better than many other 
Corn is equal to any other ; 
potatoes are excellent, and other 

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who contribute articles for publica- 
tion, to do so judiciously and honor- 
ably. We do not insist that every 
thing that is written for publication possible to 
.-hall be original. We are allowed, j we felt 
•me extent at least, to incorj 
ithor men's sentiments into our 
own. This however should in no in- 

babies in abundance; fruit of stance be <l> Q6 to any great extent 

all, oi nearly all kind-, especially without giving the author credit for 

peaches. The climate is more mild 'he sentiment. To write as original 

especially east of Lake Michigan, entire paragraphs, or a number of 

than is expected ibr its latitude, late them, enough to Constitute an arti- 

Bpring and early lull trusts are sel- clfB, from Thomas Dick, Or from Win 

dom. Snow generally fails about Chester, or from V .ml have 

ginning of Deoember, and lays tu, ' la published as our own, which 

till the beginning of March, keeping unfortunately has occurred, is, to 

ttion green, 'i ':. l . v the least, not common 1 1 

ter in the < from " e hope this wul however, not be 

5 alio , this U J great extent 1 

winter, [n the two pr< (seeding win- '''''• 

Eli i ■■ ctfulf 

C ) 1' 

y le 11 

the coldi below 

of the people is 

sarji is not idle ; but if we could in- 
duce . the era 
place the standard of kinir lOmnmnu 


S. S. Mi'lll.l.K. 
Vlndleatlon or < omiitiif.-t- r<> 

I 'niiii'sii'i*. 

aemuch a - brotbor M. Neher 
died in question the labors 

nual Meeting to Tennessee, and 
to have found an error in 
our proceedings, and thus sent his 
strictures out among the "brother- 
hood ; and lest the old rule o 
lence for consent," should he 
measured out unto us, a few words 
of explanation may not be amiss. 

1. Can brother Neher cite to a 
man, or a body of men, whether 
ecclesiastical, politcal, or civil, 
sitting in council on matters of 
importance, (as ours was) \ 
labors or decisions were not called 
in question by some one '.' And 
until he shows such a body of 
perfect counsellors, I, as one,« am 
not ashamed of our labor. 

2. We did what we could or 
dared to do ; and that is all any 
body of men, can, or should 
undertake to do, 

8. Whether any one of that 
Committee, had any fears oi' fall- 
ing into the hands of cavilers. 1 
cannot say : I had none. 

4. We did guard against fall- 
ing into the hands of the- Annu- 
al Meeting | and hence deehb 

we did ; other might 

haps have been fully as liberal, as 
from the tone of his* article, broth- 
er Neher would have been. 

5. Our instructions were: "If 
effect a onion :" and 

quite justifiable, under ex- 
isting circumstance-, in offering the 
compromise we did, (for the time 
being) but considered that when 
the line of separation , 
dry struck, it would be 
ling DOT autlmrty t-» 
that compromise still run on 

• i. The Annual . entrust- 

ed us with to keys : 

(if I ; diil 

open a door whioh i 

the remit of returning the 
without shut til 
our oompromi 

1 be 
a further, pu : |,„t 

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Brother BSsUmgeri — As I often 
IV. 1 amok benefited, by the good 
and encouraging news I find in 
the Companion, 1 feel it is the du- 
ty of every christian to support it, 
not only in taking it and paying 
for it bat also in furnishing read- 
ing matter for it. I myself do not 
feel justified in giving it the sup- 
port it deserves, as my circumstan- 
ces are very limited, not being 
able to take it and pay for it, yet 
having the privilege of reading ev- 
ery number through the kindness 
of a brother living close by. Feel- 
in"- as one who has but one talent 
but desiring to improve that one and 
keep it bright and shining, I would 
desire to briefly notice a few of the 
christian duties by which others may 
benefit as well as myself. 

It is very important for the chris- 
tian to examine himself, whether he 
is living in conformity with the Gos- 
pel. If we do not ask ourselves the 
question we do not find wherein we 
err. If I had never asked myself 
the question whether it is true what 
I read in the gospel, and if I do not 
repent and be immersed as our Sav- 
ior was, and follow his example, that 
I would be cast in a burning lake 
and there be in torment forever ; I 
say if I never sincerely had asked 
myself the question I would not be 
a brother in the church of Christ. 
Many say they believe the Scrip- 
ture but still do not try to serve 
God ; but I feel justified in saying 
no man has ever asked himself the 
question sincerely whether the scrip- 
ture is true, but he would cry to 
God : be merciful to me a sinner. — 
He would realize on what a slippery 
precipice he was standing, and not 
knowing what moment his feet might 
slip and he be plunged into eternity. 
He would not re3t day nor night un 
til he had found pardon at the throne 
of rrrace. Hence the importance of 
christians asking themselves the 
question whether they live in con- 
formity with the will of God, or 
whether they are living in conformi- 
ty with the'ir carnal desires. We 
should know no will but God's will, 
and hence should practice no other 
than GkxTl will. We should feel 
that we have given our bodies a liv- 


ing sacrifice to 

should feel that 

and our desire 

the Lord, and 

whatever we do we should 

heartily as unto the Lord. 

Lord, and we 

we are the Lord's, 

should be to serve 

not ourselves, and 

do it 


Lord's will should be in conformity 
with our heart's desires ; but how 
often is it the case when we have 
some urgent business in which we 
expect gain in worldly riches, it 
must be attended to, no matter how 
bad the weather is ; cold, rain, or 
snow, it must be attended to or we 
lose a few dollars, and we attend to 
it, and that hastily ; but when it 

comes that we should go to 


and the weather is a little cold or a 
little rain or snow : "well I don't 
feel very well and it is unpleasant ; 
I don't feel like going to meeting ;" 
and if we do go we feel a3 if it were 
a hard task. Kind reader, let us 
examine ourselves and see whether 
we are thus dilatory ; and if so, let 
us pray that the Lord will give us a 
better heart. If man is well enough 
to work, he is well enough to go to 
meeting ; and if the weather is not 
too bad to go forth to attend to bu- 
siness pertaining to the body, it is 
not too bad to attend to business 
pertaining to our never dying souls, 
and if man is rational enough to at- 
tend to business he knows enough to 
pray, and every brother and sister 
should be praying men and women. 
Pray for yourselves ; pray for our 
ministering brethren ; pray for the 
Church ; pray for the sinner ; pray 
for all, and let your prayers always 
be in accordance with God's will, 
and he has promised that he will 
hear and answer our prayers. I 
feel and trust I have written this out 
of a motive of love and I hope the 
reader will take it as such and ex- 
cuse all imperfection. 

Yours in love, 


Cas8ville, Ohio. 

Brother Uohinger : — We had a 
series of meetings here commencing 
on the 5th of Feb. and ending on 
the 19th. In the first place brother 
Kauffman ai'd Keyser, from Logan 
Co., Ohio, ;ame and preached two 
days and nights for us. Then Br'n. 

George Studebaker from Delaware 
Co., Ind., came and preached one 
week. We feel much encouraged 
and comforted from the brethren's 
labors. Seven were added to our 
number ; all of great importance to 
the church ; one Minister's wife, and 
one Deacon's wife ; four interesting 
young people, and one young man 
who endured much suffering in the 
service of our country has now en- 
listed under the banner of peace and 
good will to men. One little girl 
13 years old came, and her mother 
soon followed her. 

Covington, Ohio, Feb. 26, '67. 

■ * m 

Bear Brethren : — Please (inas- 
much as the brethren contend that 
the word "baptize" means to dip or 
immerse) give us through the Com- 
panion a thorough explanation of 
Eph. 4 : 5, as our critic has promis- 
ed us that if we could make it ap- 
pear that the apostle meant one mode 
of Baptism or dipping, that he would 
retreat ; and now we have fought on 
that ground till we need better drill- 
ing and more men. 

C. C. ROOT. 


Was not the death of Adam accent- 
ed in the person of Christ ? hence 
the Savior had to die. 

2nd. Was the trans-gression of 
our first parents a hell deserving 
sin ? 

3rd. Is the Church of Christ con- 
sidered to be the Bride or the Lambs 
wife ? 

4th. Can the wise Virgins be the 
same persons as the Church ; a3 
they only went in to the wedding ? 

In my mind the question is who 
got married ? 

This is written for the purpose of 
roceiving information. 


Logan Ohio 

What do the Brethren mean, when 
they say that part of the Bible we 
must understand in a spiritual sense, 
or in their writings, they often make 
use of the phrase, "I understand it 
spiritually, or I take it spiritualy. 
I will refer to one case and that is , 






to Brother Pfoutz's article in Vol 3 «*) on thc J 1 "' whc r° services were held 

ri ^ , T • l c i r il by brethren John Bhively, John Whiteneck 

JNo 2, not that 1 Wish to tin .1 tault and others, after which the body was depos- 

with his explanation of Mark 15 : 17, ltd in the Brethren's grave yard, by the side 

- . i ii t l of her companion, in hope of a priori 

18, hut merely that I may be urrec tion. 
fairly understood. Brethren if 
there is any sense or meaning in 
such an expression, please make it 
known to one seeking truth. I do 
not wish to be wise, above what is 

Franklin Grove 111 

Grayblll Myers' Report. 

Returned home from a visit to 
Columbiana, Trumbull, and Stark "he'wnte 
Counties, Ohio, on March 4th, at 4 
P. M. Found all well. Had a pleas- 
ant visit in general, and found the 

brethren earnestly contending for brethren present, from 3 8am. 14 : M 
the truth. 


ElDorado, Pa. 

orions res- 

H. D. Lawshe. 
In the Dnncansville branch, Blair Co., Pa., 
Feb 2nd. GEORGE, son of James H. aud 
Anna BURKHART ; aged 10 mouths and 19 
days. Funeral services by Joseph B. Sell, 
from Matth. 19 : 13—15. 

J. S. Blrkhart. 
In the Lower Concwaga branch, York Co., 
Pa., Jan. 19th, ANN BELL, a Quaker lady ; 
aged 71 years, 9 months, and 4 days. She 
leaves 4 children and many friends to mourn 
her departure. 

In the Upper Canawaga branch, Adams 
Co., Pa., SALLY J VCOBS ; aged 9 years, 2 
months, and 17 days. Kuneral services by 

Adam Hollinger. 

In the Pipe Creek branch, Carroll Co., Md., 

Dec. 28, 1866, brother J. 8HRINER ; aged 

6 years and 10 days. Occasion improved by 

liherlisi'ineiil — I arm lor Male. 

I il- -ire to sell my farm to a brother. It is 
situated in Elkhart Co., Ind. It is a number 
one home, and has all the necessary facilities. 
Good Roads, Good neighbors, and prospects 
of Rail load, North and South, close by. We 
can attend meeting '" either of seven differ- 
ent branches on .Sunday morning. It con- 
tains 1-0 acres, more or less, well improved. 
Price, JS5.00 per acre. 

For particulars address, 


New Paris, Ind. 


In the Middle Fork branch, Clinton Co., 
Ind., Jan., brother Win. HETKICK ; 
■gad 89 years, 4 months, aud 2 days. He 
died after a lour, and lingering illness, during 
which time he began to think that he hhould 
do something fox his never dying soul; be 
then wanted to be baptised. At first his 
wife opposed it. birl be wonM not give up, 
ami still kepi begging at her to lei him u<> ; 

at last she gaVC up. though tearing it would 
kill him If he wonM go into the, water; but 
I not scare him ; on the morning of the 
7th of Dec embe r he was taken ont aud bap- 
tised aeoordlng to the command of our Lord 
and Savior ; after which he said that he fell 
good. He was so weak that he could not 
walk i he was carried, by two, on a chair, 
into tho water and out again. After ho was 
baptized he was satisfied, and it appeared 
that death could sot come too soon, riweml 
lerrleei i>y the brethren* 

D. D. 8ui VEI.T. 
In Trumbull Ci... OhlOi D 18M| 

brother -i H "it K \<.v i 

months, and II day-. Kuiieia'. 
the * lili i , from 1!' v. 14 I 18. 

(iitABiii. Minus. 

Miami Co., Ind.. Feb. Mb, at Ibi 

i ii. i tort] I . il. « ante, sister 

»|/J r.l.l/.AIilM II t 'AIII.K. widow of Eldei Nil 

. / till Cabloi deed. i in the BTth rear <>f bar aft. 
^ Her 

* \ In ivm, M 
, J real lence of 
*» /, ELI Z ABET! 

remains were brought to thlaplaoe (Suin- 

Also, Dec. 31, 1866, sister MARY PIPER, 
of Consumption (age not given). Funeral 
serviens by the brethren present, from Heb. 

Also, Jan. 30, our voung friend 8USAN 
ALICE ROOT, i.iecc of brother D. P. Sayler, 
of Quick Consumption ; aged 18 years, 7 
months, and 18 days. Thus early she passed 
aw..v to the great Judgment day. Youth 
pause and reflect. Occasion improved by the 
brethren, from Luke 21 : 36, 37. 

Also, Feb. 9, sister HANNAH ENGEL, in 
her 87th year. 

Passing awav. 

E. W. Stoneb.. 

In the Beaverdam brauch, Frederick Co., 
Md., February 18th, of the Lingering disease, 
Consumption, AGNES 1DILA, daughter of 
Brother Evan and sister Amanda OGLE, aged 
15 years, 7 months, and 12 days. Funeral 
bcrvics by Elder Pfoutz and the writer, 
Iroin Jer. 31 : 16, 17. 

D. R. Stitelt. 

On the 24th of Feb* ELIZABX1 it, win of 
John H. Sl'ENGLER, and only child of Mi- 
chael and sister Mary Tings 
10 months, and 'JO days; disease Consump- 
tion. Funeral services by C. Bneher, John 
lleitzl'-r, and John Zug. Text Isa. cis : latter 
pari of 1st \ 

C. Cither. 

In the Turkev Creek branch, Kosiosco Co., 
Ind., Psb. 4th, Elder JOHN LEATIU KM AN ; 
i year*, 7 months, and J4 days. He 
bore his sufferings with Christian fortitude; 
he had no desire la pet well, but desired to be 
absent from the body, and present with t he- 
Lord. He was a consistent member for ma- 
ny years, and a Bishop for 50 or 60 years. He 
was much beloved by all win. knew him. 

Kuneral ■>. rvit'-s bj Elder Uavld Miller and 
others, from 8 Cor. 5 : l. 

In the same bl Kb I il Ml M. 

daughter of Robert \\ ^ SONi 
I months, and 19 da; •. Dls 

She took sick In the rvenlna and died 

..>ek in tin- in.. i ning. •• Suffer little 

children to come unto meror of tujoh is the 
kingdom "t h'-.iven " 

I by Nathaniel Drake and 

others] frejoj Bar. Ii It, 

hnin \\ i ,.<ia. 
I I MW.LK*. 

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I <turrr «M<1 l.:wlj. 

different p i iple ap] 

11. v, different people appear at 
dinereut times, as, when wo ar 
or well, rejoicing or mour 
laughing or W( A lev, daya 

I met an old lady, who nod- 
fled v t\ familiarl and yet 

The Mother. 

■•■nothing in sickness 

: in 
it demand, Tkfere 

that breaks down the pride oi* i 
'•I', | :im , w hat arc thos ; .that softens the heart, and 

S( . ,-,.-,. brings it back to the feelings of in- 

" \Vh\ . to pinch the feet, ami make 
them look ..mall without regard to 
corns and bunions. They can't 

wear those little, dear little 

ftincy. Who that has languished, 
ev.n in adVanced life, in sic! 
and despondeii ■ ; who that has 
shoes, pined on a weary bed, in the loneli- 
icptthey have those pinchers to' >'"- and neglect of a foreign land, 
all it. S . go with then." but has thought on them )ther "that 

md yel youne; soft and Brailii :reat heap of books in looked on his chddhood, that 

ftdvet vor frowns. She your arm smoothed his pillow and admi«iB*er- 

'Those! They are the latest, most ed to his helplessness ? On. there 

ir in face, yet her hands were 

ifon. It seemed as it' the wind 
would blow her away, and yet she 
1 with the strength of an ele- 


to stare at 

is an enduring tenderness in the 

. exciting; and the weakest, most silly 

novels." But I hand them out, and 'ovc of a mother to a son, that 

Bhake my heacl with a smile, and i transcends all other affections of the 

crowds read them." heart. It is neither to he chilled 

1 she, " von Beera "Madam, 1 am very inquisitive, I by selfishness, nor he daunted^ by 

me, thuii'di von have know, but [ do want to know what 

seen me a thousand times before.' 

"That may be, madam ; but I 
never saw you so loaded down with 
all Borts of things. I am curi 
know about them. Would it be 
rude if 1 should ask you a few ques- 

ot at all. Ask away." 

" Well, wdiat are you going to do 
with those small, ladies' shoes ?" 

" Why, make the ladies wear 
them, to be sure." 

•• Not in this cold wet season ? 
Why, I can hardly keep my feet 
warm in these thick, double-soled 
I must have over-shoes. — 
How can they wear such thin cold- 

•• Oi BIT, 1 have only to bring 
them to them and they never hesi- 
tate a moment. They know n 

, nd those little half dresses, 
hanging on your arm ? 

•'They aie to be put on little 
children in cold w or to walk- 

out in — naked at the km 
at the neck, and hardly covering 
half the body. in't think 

h >w eager parents arc for these 


hat have you in this little tin 

•• l . mi- : troehes, hoar- 

things that always 
li thin shoes and thin dr< 



danger, nor weakened by wsrthless- 
have m that bag thrown over ness, nor stifled by ingratitude.-- 

' She will sacrifice every comfort to 

his convenience : she will surrender 

every pleasure to his enjoyment; 

she will glory in Ins fame and exult 

early, and make in his prosperity : and, if misfortune 

Then there arc | overtake him, he will be dearer to 

your shoulders. 5 

•■A great variety of valuables — 
such things as 'late suppers' — in 
great demand, and which send peo- 
ple to the grave 
room for more. 

'late hours,' and 'late rising," and I her from misfortune ; and if di -._ 
all manner of hair dressing— things : settle upon his name, she will still 
that ladies must have, even if their | love and cherish him in spite of his 

disgrace ; and if all the world be- 
side cast him off, she will be all the 
world to him. 

A Lesson from a Dog. 
'•I wish I could mind God 

as my 
a boy 

looking thoughtfully on his shaggy 
friend, "he always looks so pleased 

husbands fail. Here arc diamond 

pins and rings — just the things to 

stir up envy and create extravagance 

— here arc gold watches, cigars, 

meerschaum pipes,gold headed canes, 

eye glasses, and all manner of things • ttlp cTog min(ls , 

to suit all manner of people. And 

I laugh and coax, and frown and 

command, till I get them to wear i t0 mmd) and j don » t >i 

and use them, and do just what I What a pi n f u i truth did this 

please. Now, 1 have stopped to t . lliM ppeak j ghaU the Htde dog 

talk with you a few minutes ; don t thus rca ,i;i v ooev ]ns ma8 ter, and 

you sec what a crowd have gathered we r( ., |d h g 9t \ vsi jj od) who is our 

round me— low necks, thin shoes, Creator, our I »r, our Father, 

muslin dresses, tight boots ; some on i>m . < av ;, n . ( an< J the bountiful giver 

crutches, some coughing, some breath- f ererything we have '.' 

ing short, all crowding to get near ' _ .»«. 

me, and when 1 move you wills The «wi-»7« st word in our language 

how they all run, and rush, and is Love. The gn 

crowd after me. (), sir. 1 am the language is God. The word ex- 

power of the world. 1 rub' pressing the shortest time is Now. 

s and '[ii - audi hi- The three making the greatest and 


kiu w 

losophera. Don't you see V 

"Truly, Madam, truly. And now 

our name '.'" 
••N ! ] ;i. -ir ; my name 

.Mr-. Prevailing Fashion! I 

sweetest duty man can perform . 

Temperance has promising chil- 
dren: but Drunkenness has a scaly 
family: we have seen unonj! his 

'] wh ' 

cl Itorab thouu . ku«w« Bet"— botm, Debt, Dishonor, Di MidU 

heath. Qj, 

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Number 12, 

Selected for the Companion. 
The Tongue Instructed. 

Guard well thy lipa ; none, none can know, — 

Piwr. 13:3. 
What evils from the tongue may flow ; — 

James 3 : 5, 6. 
What guilt, what grief mav be incur'd — 

Judges It: 35. 
By ono incautious hasty word. — Mark : 'J3, 


"Be flow to speak ;" look well within, — Prov. 

10 : iy. 

To check what there may lead to sin ; — James 

1 :2fi. 
And pray unceasingly for aid, — Col. 4 : 2. 
Lest unawares thou be betrayed. — Ps. 151 : 3. 

"Condemn not, Judge not," not to man — 
James 4 : 11. 

In ^i veil his brother'6 faults to scan ; — I Cor. 

One task is thine and, one alone, — Matth. 7 : 3 
i -eh out aud subdue tbine own. — John 

Indulge no niurmuriugs ;Oh, restrain — 1 Cor.' 

10- 10. 
Those lips ko ready to complain ; Lam 
Aud, if the" cau be numbered, count — Ps. 

lOt; : 7. 
Of one days mercies the aniouut. — Lam. 3 : 23. 

Shun vaiu discussions, trilling themes ; — Matt 

11 : M. 

Dwell not of earthly hopes or schemes ; — 

Deut. ti : 7. 
Let words of wisdom, meekness, love, — James 

3 ; ft. 
Thy heart's true renovation prove. — LukeC ; 45 

■ 1 before thee ; every word — Gen. 17:1. 
Thv lips pronounce, by him is heard— P.. 

ISO ;4. 
Oil ! couldst thou realise this thought, — Job. 

What e.uv. what caution would be taught. — 
Luke 11 ; 3. 

•■'llo- time is short," this duy may be- 

7 ; SO. 
The \< -ry last tsslgn'd to thee ;— Kph. 5 ; 10. 
lUldst thou * more, 

—Col. 4 ; 0. 
Thou mayst not this day's words dci.lorc.— 
Rom. M ; 1-'. 

D. 11. 

l-h.l.l., /'.I. 

X Crumb ol t !■<- ltr<-u<l ul l.ilt- tui 

u *• ul <ri ii- Matter. 


'•I mil hi 

'I bis i but a little orumb, 
the number of words contained in 

It constitutes the unalloyed, unin- 
terrupted bliss ofthe Paradise of God; 
and its antithesis constitutes the un- 
mitigated, unbroken horrors of the 
bottomless pit. It is the sum and 
substance of the Saint's joy and glo- 
ry in the Church Triumphant and in 
the Church Militant. The fulfilment 
of this promise is the essence of all 
our desires and the burden of all our 
prayers. When we hear the dear, 
well-known voice, saying, "Fear not 
it is I, be not afraid," the fury of 
the tempest and the surging of the 
billows no longer inspire us with ter- 
ror. "When thou passest through 
the waters I will be with thee ; and 
through the rivers they shall not 
overflow thee ; when thou walkest 
through the fire, thou shalt not be 
bunted, neither shall the flames kin- 
dle upon thee." .Is. 43: 2. Why 
this exemption frimi the destructive 
power of waters, and floods, and 
fires and flames ? "Lo I am with 
you always." With this Jesus at 
our side, we will rejoice even in the 
"belly of Hell," and sing prtiies 
"in the midst of the burning fiery 
furnace." So indissolnbly are we 
wedded, with such deep, thrilling, 
divine raptors do tho Bridegroom 

and the Bride cling to each other, 
that neither "tribulation, distress, 

ration, famine, naksd ooss , per' 

il, 01 BWOrd, shall separate as from 
the love of God which is in Christ 
Jesui our Lord. 

"JVotj we sss through i . 
darkly ; but thtn 

Note our Beloved "standeth bebin 1 
our wall, He looketh forth at the 
windows, shining himself through 
the lattice ;" but f#V >» ws shall sit 
in his Banuuettng<hottse in the 

with hands, 
his table, rest in his ■ mbrs 

ll - , "' t » il with nu /,,.„. and . w ith 

trimeni through end!, \n t i H . banner ol re are 

dwnosteoi b . but there weshall 

on it since the earliest morning iter ,.,'... „ ur fill f I 
dawned in the armameat sf glory. wUh roualwe 


ably absent, busied in preparing my 
pavilion of lovo for your reception. 
Here we often sigh, u O that I had 
winys like a dove .'for then would 1 
flee away, and be at rest." The 
weary, troubled spirit often and ar- 
dently longs to have its fetters bro- 
ken, that it might soar into a purer 
and more congenial element. But 
we must wait for the Lord, and wait 
patiently, and serve out our time 
illy, and yet pray "Lord Je- 
sus, come quickly." When our de- 
sire to depart is akin to murmuring 
at our dcttntion in this vale of affli™ 
tion, we may conclude that our de- 
sire to see Jtxus is preponderated 
by the desire to estop* from the 
fouteorture, en . and burn- 

ing heartaches incident to our wil- 
derness-discipline. In the furnaoe 
of affliction Jesus is designed to be 
so imaged in us, and to become so 
precious to our souls, that /<><■ 
Him fills the soul with ardent loi 

bag to be "absent from the bod v, and 

tent with the Lord." *\\'i 
likeness to Him. as the result of suf- 
fering's refining pi 

tg, sense-surmounting desire to 
be with Him, it is well. ' JJut when 
OUreagsrness to depart springs main- 
ly from i s ss winas s of dueipkno, ws 

need BOOM more imtlting before 
can say from the heart. "Thy will 

The blessed hi | 

./"'- may well -u-tain J m in ail 

your suffsrtn( I „d the 

lory which' shall be 
revealed US us," and the unfading 
inheritance whioh our d< I; 
sr 1. || 

enlj Kingdom. The Lord icourg. 

eth t r, ry olie whom be iveei\ elh, 
and if WS ende: 

U-. He deal 
Sth very tenderly with D 
the </t</ front tin 

will not laj spoa . 

burden than - 

* ». ■ — n 

r-r - J 




cup is often brimful of vii. 
ill, bat yoa have in it the love 
as, which ia an ingrediment so 

sweet and unearthly, that you forget 
all that is unpalatable. "Lo, 
with you always." lie is the root 
and life of all your graces. In your 
faith, Jesus ia with you. In your 
l>ve, Jesus is with you. In your 
patianoe, Jesus u with yon. En your 
■ I «UB is With you. Faith roadi- 
es out its hands into the dim future, 
and jilucks fruit from the Bowers of 
Paradise. "Only believe." I am 
with you alway*." While you sit 
in your chair, or lie on your couch 
of Buffering* the "angels of God are 
ascending and descending " on the 
mystic ladder, bringing you grapes, 
and figs, and pomegranates from the 
glorious Eden beyond the star3. — 
Many a soul-refreshing crurad has 
been given you from the Master's 
table in the New Jerusalem, since it 
has pleased him to place you in the 
test-fire of love. The Good Shep- 
herd never drives His lambs into 
rough paths, but leads them, mark- 
ing the foot-prints in which they arc 
to walk, pointing out the fresh, ten- 
der grass, and the pure, gushing 
spring. It matters not how barren 
the desert, if Jesus is there, "five 
loaves and two small fishes" will 
feed a great multitude, lie is the 
true bread that came down from 
heaven, and where he is there is a- 
bundance for the hungry soul. If 
wc come to the waters of Marah, the 
Tree of Life will stand near its brink, 
with a branch of which to sweeten 
it. All your journey through, this 
Rock goes before and follows, guid- 
ing your course, supplying your 
wants, girding you with strength, 
and making you more than conque- 
ror. It may bo that the solemn 
bow of death is not far distant, when 
your pain-shattered tabernacle shall 
be dissolved, and then, yes then you 
will find Jesus more glorious and 
precious f .han in your whole life. A 
few hours, at longest, of wrestling 
with the last enemy ; a few buffet- 
ingl with the swellings of Jordan ; a 
few minutes Under the clouds that 
hang OYer the dark valley; and 
then, oh then, my dear sifter, WB 
^ ransomed soul will bo escorted by 



angels into the presence of that Je- 
sus who was with you always, even 
when your "eyes were holden," and 
whoso love-tokens you piize more 
highly in your afllictions than all the 
glory of ten thousand worlds. He 
of good cheer, there is a destiny of 
ineffable glory awaiting you. "Eo, 
I am with you always." This is 

C. 11. BAL8BAU&H. 

/7, I'd. 

m m 

For the Companion. 
The Missionary Cauae. 

The question as to the propriety 
or necessity for the Church to send 
out brethren as missionaries to 
preach the gospel more extensively, 
and to carry it to parts where it is 
not known in its primitive purity as 
it is understood and preached by 
the Brethren, has been agitated and 
discussed to some extent, during the 
last ten or fifteen years through the 
columns of the Gospel Visitor, and 
latterly in the Companion, and if I 
remember rightly, the writers on 
the subject have* generally agreed 
that there is a necessity for such a 
work ; only disagreeing as to the 
manner of sending these "missiona- 
ries," or as to the means of support- 
ing them after having sent them. — 
But as far as any practical results 
are concerned, arising from said ag- 
itation, the prospect is gloomy and 
discouraging, and I do not see that 
we are any nearer toward anything 
practical in the matter than we were 
ten years ago. You cannot even 
perceive "a small clouddike a man's 
hand" as a precursor of the rain of 
grace which would follow this work 
if properly prosecuted — no, not even 
in the farthest distance. There arc, 
indeed, some few brethren who pro- 
pose to go and preach if somebody 
will assist them ; but who is going 
to do it ? What doe3 the church 
think of this matter, or what is our 
faith in the premises ? Do we not 
all believe that thousands of souls 
are perishing every year, that might 
be saved if they had the Gospel 
preached to them in the spirit of 
God ? I think there are few but 
would, at least, profess to believe 
that this is the case ; and, according 

to the teachings of the gospel, who 
can doubt it. Where, then, remains 
our faith, if we content ourselves 
from year to year by simply talking 
or writing of the necessity of the 
work, and in the mean time suffer 
the thousands to perish for want of 
action on our part ? Do we not 
thereby prove that our faith is a 
dead one '( How can it be other- 
wise when we make scarcely an ef- 
fort towards extending the life-giv- 
ing gospel to the millions, who, we 
profess to believe, are dying yearly 
for want of it. 

One of two things is true in re- 
gard to this point : either the church 
is too poor in worldly goods to set 
on foot any efficient measures to- 
ward having the gospel thus preach- 
ed ; or it lacks the vital faith, and is 
too much engaged in worldly affairs 
— in the accumulation of stealth, to 
care for the extension of Christ's 
kingdom. Will any one say that 
the former of these propositions is 
true? I think scarcely; for any 
one acquainted with the brotherhood 
knows this is not the case. Doubt- 
less there are many poor members 
who could scarcely give anything ; 
but then there are many rich ones 
who could do a great deal. The in- 
ference then is plain ; but I forbear 
to comment on it. I will leave eve- 
ry one to draw his own conclusion 
from the premises. 

Does any one think that we have 
not a sufficient number of men who 
are willing and competent to take 
upon themselves the task and suffer 
the privations incident to an exten- 
sive cruisade among the unchristian- 
ized people of the world ? There 
may indeed be something in this, 
and even if it were so it would not 
be irremediable ; but I do not know 
that this has ever been urged as an 
objection to the cause ; on the con- 
trary, there seem to be many will- 
ing and anxious to go if there were 
only somebody to send them. Is 
any one afraid that, if the Church 
would send out its ministers to 
pi each and furnish them with the 
means of support so as to enable 
them to devote all their time to the 
work, — that it would lead to corrup- 
tion and demoralization and abuses. 




of the privilege among them. There 
would, prohably, be some who would 
be anxious to accept appointments 
simply for the sake of being thus 
maintained. But is this a sufficient 
reason for deferring the work ? Was 
there not a Judas among the twelve 
apostles who held the purse, and are 
there not hypocrites in the church at 
home who profess religion for no 
other purpose than to gain some sin- 
ister end ? And besides, would not 
the church have these men under its 
control ; if any one should mis-be- 
have he could promptly be recalled, 
or disowned. At the same time the 
support could be so restricted that 
there would be no inducement for 
designing men to covet the position. 
As to the gospel authority for sup- 
porting ministers there is no ques- 

The want of a proper plan, then, 
seems to be the great obstacle to the 
carrying out of this work. While 
one favors the itinerent system, in 
which, as they are constantly trav- 
eling and preaetiing, the minsters 
would have to be supported by the 
church, if they had not sufficient of 
their own, another wants them to 
in now districts from time to 
time as local preachers and at the 
same time support themselves, and 
thus reclaim district by district by 
these slow means. Now this latter 
plan would doubtless work well as 
far as it would reach, but its effi- 
ciency would be OOmpai alivoly limi- 
ted, for, a minister nrho should de- 
vote all las time bO the Work Would 

probably effeot ten times as much as 
one confined to one place, and prob- 
ably to preaching only on Banday, 
or once in two weeks. Why c 

to Work all these plans as far a> 

practicable, and thus effei I all the 
ible. When ones circum- 
stances will not permit his traveling 

let lilui settle in some place where 

i do tome good, and when 
oan travel let him go, 10 the word 
nun be preached a and 

(.I. i ofseeson," - enlj so it Is preach- 

Bui it is not, 1 apprehend, for the 

want of a proper plan that the \\..rk 

is kept back. \\ e do no! pi 
forward because we do do! r< i 

the necessity for it, and because we 
have laid up our treasures — not in 
heaven — but on earth. It would 
cost a great deal of money to set on 
foot an efficient movement toward 
preaching the gospel even to the un- 
regenerate of our own country ; and 
whatever touches the purse is not [ 
apt to be held in much favor ; and , 
especially, it seems, when money is | 
asked for any purpose connected 
with the church, or for charity it is 
given more grudgingly, than when 
asked for other purposes. Now, 
there are large amounts of money 
spent every year, within the pale of 
the church (by members) for the 
purpose of decorating and furnish- 
ing houses, for costly equipages and 
other purposes, which do not add 
anything to the real comfort of those . 
who spend their money for them, ex- ; 
cepting in so far as tb,ey gratify the 
lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, 
and the pride of life. If all the 
money thus spent we/e saved how 
manv an humble missionary might 
be supported in the field thereby, 
and how many a famishing soul 
Blight be led to the fountain of life ! 
It is but fair to presume, in this con- 
nection, that if our rich brethren 
could once feel that many j 
daily who might be saved by a judi 
cious application of their surplus 
money, they would at once com- 
mence to unwind their puree -strings. 


Ittr Fulls, luwa. 

Will You not tr.» to S.i\« me? 

Watching by the bedside of ; 

ril ' I. • :.r, my oldest sou's win . 

several daj b, her last momi 

'•il tO draw near. 1 took her bj 
the hand with a "farewell Harriet, 
1 shall not .,n earth 

r you iin; leave 

us." Looking at me with an in 
tense look, b< I: . bap- 

tise me ':" 1 insyered 1 thought it 

gone, ('losing In . 

then looking at me ■ 

•' \nd will yoil Dot 

try t me I" < fh ! "what a 

n! Who COnld trv- 

lullill the d 

man's revest. A number of mem- 
bers being present, we prepared and 
carried her to Bair Lake, where she 
was immersed in the order of the 
Gospel, and, oh, how happy did Bhe 
feel, and how she did entreat her 
husband to obey the Lord, so that 
they might meet again in heaven. — 
Though he promised to fulfil the dy- 
ing woman's request, he procrasti- 
nates in the vain hope to become 
more fit. Oh delusion ! After she 
was baptized indications of recov- 
ery appeared, but, Alas! the icy 
hand of death was laid upon her on 
the 7th day after her baptism. On 
the last day of June lSGd, at the 
age of 21 years, she breathed her 
last having first parted with an in- 
fant a few days old, and leaving an- 
other, not two years old, in the care 
of a sorrowing lather. 

The words at the head of (hit 
say have again and again occurred 
to my mind, when viewing the hun- 
dreds and thousands that call on 
• ■ ime and help us!" And oh, 1 
it cheers my heart to read the glad 
news of sinner-- being brought into 
the ark of safety by the labors of 
my dear brethren," and how much 
more could be done it our brethren 

would say to their ministers, " Here 

brother, I cannot preach, but I will 
work in thy go and answer 

the calls of precious soul Or 

take brother John Wise's plan in 

mpanioa," page 5-i It truly 

when call upon call, 
request is made : " WUi ■ 

and the iron hand 
of n. ■ forbids him 

1 have stated this i 
that 1 was called I i administer bap- 
i. but were nut off to the 

stage, and 

brethren do put ofi such apj 
without baptism, 1 would •■. 

them. ! 



Bloc Uck. 


I him.— ( 








V\ :h$ Companion. 

f I | A Hailing- 

w Our times are solemnly eventful. 
Thov demand of ua as faithful senti- 
nels to watch the movements of the 
enemy, that we may sound an alarm 
to keep clear of the blood of souls. 
And as the enemy is working with 
"all manner of dcceivablencss, and 
lying wonder?," it demands activity 
and zeal. "Exhort" says the apos- 
tle, "the young men to be sober 
minded." "Then young man suffer 
a word of exhortation, from one who 
like yourself is ir. the fiery heart of 
youth. Lift your minds higher than 
the jar and tumult of earth's politi- 
cal strife ; concentrate it upon things 
eternal and divine, and with an eye 
of faith look up and catch a glimpse 
of the glory to be revealed, and a 
desire to participate hi that glory, 
will cause you to breathe in accents 
"soft and mild." "Wherewithal 
6hall a young man cleanse his way." 
I can give you no better answer to 
this, than that of David, "by taking 
heed thereto according to thy word." 
what dreary world this is to 
some young folks if they cannot en- 
joy a " yankey notion," or con over 
a dull novel, and thus destroy their 
precious blood washed time, which 
is measured out to them by the king 
of all the earth ; and hiding that tal- 
ent which the king said : "occupy 
till I come." But speak a word a- 
gainst such a course and you will 
Boon be invited to produce scripture 
against it, and if you fail to give 
them a quotation that says, thou 
shalt not do so and so, then they 
think their position is sustained. So 
we must journey on ; the voice of 
mercy is slighted, and even ridicul- 
ed : The novel pile gets so high that 
it sinks the Bible and other good 
reading into oblivion. The mind is 
led far out OB the sea of imagina- 
tion ; still they will pass for time ; but 
there is a center around which wc 
all clin" whether we will or not, and 
still draw nearer and nearer. 

That is the bed of death. But 
the expre < common tint it 

i- l ioked np m u an idle talc. Here 

4 ") i 3 wli. ; fictitious reading will 

' t thunder damnation around you. — 
/A "Slight it though you will, scorn it 

though you may, but deny it if you 
dare." The day is coming fast that 
will reveal it, and every man's works 
shall be tried by fire. 

Parents a word to you. It is said 
of children, and we think well said, 
that if home is not made attractive 
and pleasant the}' will wander out 
from the paternal roof in order to 
have pleasure, or where they can be 
happy and joyful (for this is the un- 
derlying principle of man.) Hence 
it is the duty of parents, if they wish 
to have pleasure with their children 
or raise them to love their homes to 
make home pleasant ; it should be a 
place of sunshine when all the world 
besides is enveloped in thickest dark- 

The same is true of reading ; if 
parents do not keep good and whole- 
some reading in their families, the 
children will secure their reading 
matter elsewhere, and there is now 
teeming from the press a corruption 
of fictitious reading, as water from a 
mighty fountain, flooding o'er all 
the land, and they of course will 
stop to drink of this. If you regard 
the future usefulness and happiness 
of your children we entreat you 
then to provide for them such read- 
ing that will lead them to the foun- 
tains of living water, 

"Where they may qnench their raging thiret 
■\Vith Btreams that never dry." 

Tyrone, Pa. 


For the Compani o n 
"Passing away." 

Afe.vweeks ago, while reading 
the proof-sheet, the above words fell 
under our notice, after an obituary. 
Where can we look that we do not 
sec this truth engraven as it were 
with a pencil of light ; it is written 
on the rose, it is written on the ver- 
dant plains and painted on the 
leaves of the forest; when they be- 
gin to change from deep green to 
olden, to scarlet colors. 

The little stream it courses its 

way o'ct its pebbly bed toward the 

Hess deep, teaches us that we, 

too, must return, pass from life 

away, and leave all we hold in life 


We presume that there arc very 

few who have gone any distance 
along the pathway ot life, that have 
not from sad experience seen and 
felt this truth manifested in the de- 
parture of a loved one from earth's 
stormy night, when the spirit winged 
its flight to the celestial clime, or 
to the regions of dull despair : when 
it went almost like tearing limb 
from limb, to part with them here. 

Solemn thought: "passing away." 
This should arouse us from our cold- 
ness and dullness, to a lively action. 
This world is not our home ; "we are 
passing by, and the period of scoff- 
ing and sneers. We are going 
where witless jests will die away, 
and where lying lips will be hushed 
in utter silence ; we are passing to 
ward that hour when amid the tu- 
mult of battle and the crash of arms, 
amid confused noise and garments 
rolled in blood, men shall expire 
with fear. The stern grim realities 
of blood await the world." "What 
manner of persons ought we to be ;" 
all things are "passing away". 

The sun himself, that bright orb 
of light, must cease to shine. The 
moon shall change to blood ; nature 
will wear a sickly hue. But away 
beyond the dark clouds of passing 
time, falls a gleaming sunlight of a 
never ending eternity. Then 

"On the tree oflife eternal, 
Let our hopes of heaven be laid ; 

This alone forever vernal, 
Bears a leaf that will not fade." 


Tyrone Pa 

m » 

Brother Henry : I learn through 
the companion that there are min- 
istering brethren in the east that 
could be easily spared ; I take this 
method of informing them that if 
any feel like moving west, we would 
be glad to see them coining here. 
There are eight members living here 
and no speaker. 

The country is good ; and land 
can be had from 8 to 25 dollars per 

For further particulars address 

Cumberland Co., 111. 

• • 

He who cheerfully commits the 
universe to God has nothing in the 
universe to fear. 








Tyrone City, Pa., Mar. 19,1867. 


Rcsuonsi' to Arcliy Vandyke. 

Brother ffuMnger; I notice a 
query in " Companion '*' Wo. 2, by 

brother A. Vandyke, in regard to 
wearing costly apparel, &c. I have 
selected the following as an answer 
to brother Vandyke, with some in- 
struction what it leads to, and what 
it is worth. I think I can see it 
growing in the Church, and that not 
only in the laity, but some of our 
iniiiisterinji brethren are at the head. 
No wonder we have so much trouble 
with some of our private members, 
when the ministers set the example, 
who ought not only to be a light 
to the world, but an example to the 
flock, at tbe bead of which they 
stand as watchmen. When there is 
humility in the heart it will certainly 
hang out a sign. If pride is in the 
heart it will hang out its sign, and 
that is the wearing of Gold and cost- 
ly apparel, which I believe is con- 
forming to tbe world, which Paul 
forbids, which I believe he learned 
from the teachings of the Savior, 
who has said that ho is " meek and 
lowly of heart :" and "ho that is 
ashamed of me" (that ia my person) 
of him will I bo ashamed before mj 
Father and his holy angels." Ap- 
parel, what is it 1 Can decorations 
derived from the labors of the insect ; 
the animals uf the forest ; the birds 
of the wood, or the plants of the 
field, be worthy of the inordinate af- 
fection of a rational creature. O, 
foolish and unwise, to glory in that 
which is a badge to our shame ! 
what childish, misplaced regard is 
this, and vet bow astonishing is its 
influence, who is there that is not, 

or has not been affected with it. 
It may be said by BOOM that they 

can well afford It, and that they 

haw :i right tO do as they pleUfl 
with their own property ; but admit 

(mi ' that tome difference may be 
made for situations In life, bow 
great our folly of placing our bappi 

in mere external ornament. 
How many poor families might be 
supplied by the unueci ary • < 

pense of costly apparel. After all 
what is more admirable than sim- 
plicity. What rationality is there 
in expensive form of dres3, while 
one of a more easy, cheap, and con- 
venient nature will suffice. What 
charity is there in lavishing so much 
upon ourselves, while with less ex- 
perse we could make the hearts of 
multitudes glad. What dignity is 
there in mere apparel ; and how lit- 
tle must that mind be that pride 
itself is in it. How quick the ex- 
change of the costlv raiment for the 
shroad- How many of the "upper 
tens" are clothing themselves with 
purple and fine linen, and faring 
sumptuously every day, while many 
are almost perishing for want of a 
comfortable garment, or a loaf of 
bread. contracted pleasure that 

und up in a garment, a moth, 
a worm will destroy ; poor enjoy- 
ment that depends on the quality 
and the form of apparel. O how 
much time is employed in idolizing 

lecorated form at the toilet ; 
alas ! it is there that too many ad- 
mire their ornameuts, forget what 
maimer of person they are ! Go, 
brother, and look into another, a 
different mirror. Hear him who 
said : "Take no thought for your 
body what ye shall put on, is not 
the life more than meat and the 
body more than raiment ? why take 
ye thought for raiment, consider the 
lilies 01 tie- field how they grow, 
they toil not, neither do they spin ; 
yet 1 say unto YOU that even Solo- 
mon in all his glory was oot anayed 
like one of these, wherefore il 

BO clothe the grass of the field which 
to day is, and to morrow is ca-t ID 
the oven, shall he not niueh more 
el., the you, <) ye of little faith; 
re t ike no though! where- 
withal ye shall be clothed, for your 

1 tily Father knowetd thv 

bare need of these things. Here 
then i i preco] I worthy of atten- 
tion : i-> it not of iii ore value that 

toed wito tie- 
men! ol righteo than the 


EIon infinitely superior is 

u o our souls devoted to ths 

' truth and rollltion than 

to bo hod onl i'thig 

every new fashion, and to be ab- 
sorbed in the silly admiration of 
dress. The body mu6t soon be un- 
clothed and lie down on the bed of 
death ; it must soon die, and be put 
out of si*rht ; but the soul enlighten- 
ed and arrayed with the ornament 
of truth and grace, shall not be de- 
prived of its beauty nor even lose 
its lustre and glory. 

But is no attention to be paid to 
our apparel ? Are we to live like 
hermits, and care not how wc ap- 
pear ? No, you are not to go into 
the opposite extreme, you are not to 
become singular for the sake of 
singularity ; much less are you to 
neglect your apparel and become a 
sloven. Decency is always reciui 
site, without this vou cannot well be 


considered a fit member of society. 
The great evil of which we are 
speaking is an inordinate attention 
to it (that is dress). 

Let us then beware of this facin- 
ating influence, let us elevate our 
thoughts to nobler objects, let us 
pray that we may be adorned with 
superior ornaments, that our faith 
may be genuine, our hearts right 
with God ; then when the earthly 
house of this tabernacle is destroyed 
we shall hare a building of God; 
then shall we be clothed upon our 
house which is. from heaven, and 
mortality be swallowed up of life. 

Why is it then that we are so apt 
ngage in things that are of no 
advantage in time, and may be a 
condemnation in eternit. '.' Whv 
not follow the meek and lowly l.amb 
■ >d. Brethren, we. all profess to 
have the spii 1. Why then 

d 108 the Spirit allow one to wear 
COStly apparel, and the other not? 
Why can one man wear n gold chain 
to bis watch, or rinc on las tin. 

the Other dors not like to in- 
dulge in them, and all j | 

1 bv the .-.line spirit ? I 
think the in_\>ter\ i- here 1 do not 

belie \ <• that a ( eroon th ■ n 

d and i \ ed the llolv 

Spirit, has any & in 

superfluities; but as we grow m 

Spirit, thai 

our hearts, and the resul' 








trive against these evils, wc be- 
come to think more of our bodies 
than we d i of the inner man. My 
candid opinion is, that if we are le- 
gally adopted into the Church of 
< 'lirist we have the promise of the 
meek and lowly Spirit, and in the 
language of Jesus, " Watch and 
" that we will be enabled to 
walk in the Spirit, and that will 
manifest itself oo our person. 

Brethren, let us all try and keep 
in the valley of humility, and give 
heed to the disciples : " Keep your- 
selves from idole.' 


Thompsontown, Pa. 

To the Brethren and Sisters go- 
lag lo next Annual Meeting. 

The Baltimore and Ohio R. R. 
will return, free of charge, all those 
members who have paid full fare go- 
ing. They will buy their tickets 
and pav as on other occasions, ask- 
ing no questions in regard to half 
fair, &c, us that matter ivill be ar- 
ranged for you at the place of meet- 
ing. All Western members who 
can reach Wheeling as well as Pitts- 
burg had better como by the Balti- 
more and Ohio R. R., as you need 
not change cars from Wheeling to 
Baltimore, while on the Pa. Cen- 
tral from Pittsburg you must change 
cars at Ilarrisburg to Baltimore, 
and of all the Railroad traveling I 
ever did, Ilarrisburg is the most un- 
pleasant place for a stranger to 
change cars. As the Meeting will 
be held on the line of the Western 
Maryland R. R., all members going 
bv rail must go to Baltimore. Those 
going bj Baltimore and Ohio R. R. 
will have to, upon their arrival at 
Baltimore, go to Calvert Depot, 
Northern Central R. It., Franklin 
street. Those coming on that road 
from Ilarnsburg need not change 
depots, but take the Western Mary- 
laud cars and run back 7 miles on 
the same road to the Relay, where 
they will run on the Western Mary- 
land proper. Those coming via 
Pittsburg, and wishing to visit the 
Cumberland Valley churches, Pa., j 
will take the Cumberland Valley 
cars at Qarrishnrg, and atop oft* at I 
those point! thej Wish. Those cum- i 

a Baltimore and Ohio R. R., 
wishing to visit the Washington Co., 
Ml., churches, will stop off at Mar- 
tinsburg, Ya., and come by coach 
to llagerstown, 10 miles. Those 
visiting the lower Middletown Val- 
ley church, will stop off at Point of 
Rocks. Those visiting Bcaverdam 
and Monocacv churches will chanjie 
ears at Monocacy Junction to Fred- 
erick, 4 miles. Those visiting Bush 
Creek church will stop oft' at Mon- 
rovia. Lynn Wood is the station on 
the Western Maryland R. R. for 

All those coming by Baltimore 
and Ohio R. R., who will be in 
Wheeling to take the tiain which 
leaves there East on Sunday even- 
iag, will reach Baltimore in time for 
the evening train, on Monday, on 
the Western Maryland railroad. 

I will try and arrange for half 
fare on the Northern Central from 
Ilarrisburg to Baltimore ; also on 
the AVestern Va. Some other 
brother must attend to the Penna. 
Central. And if any of our Eas- 
tern brethren wish to come by the 
Baltimore, Wilmington, and Phila- 
delphia R. R. please make your ar- 
rangements, as I have no acquain- 
tances on said road. The church 
at Pipe Creek appointed me to make 
the arrangements with our nearest 

Yours in Christian love, 


Double Pipe Creek, Md. 

m m 

Appeal to the C'hurchcti or Mid- 
dle Pa. 

The brethren at Antietam desire 
an other appeal to be made to the 
Churches in the district. 

By a letter from brother J. F. 
Rohrer, it appears that, since the 
time the last statement was given 
through the Companion, the amount 
received was SlJT, from four church- 
es. It is further stated in his letter, 
that $900 of the money, was borrow- 
ed from persons who are not mem- 
:uid that they want their »mon- 
ey by the first of April ; and that 
our brethren, on the strength of 
what was concluded at our last dis- 
trict meeting, have promised to be 
ready for theui. Bat now arc fear- 

ing they cannot fulfil their promise, 
if the churches do not soon send 
more help. 

Brethren and Sisters ! I know that 
none of us feel good with a church 
debt resting upon us : let us then 
make an other united, effort and we 
can liquidate it without becoming 
any the poorer. '•'■That thou docst 
do quickly." 

By request. 

D. M. Holsin'ger Sec. 

Newry, Pa. 

• » 

Madison. Ga., Mar. 5, 1867. 
Brother IJohinger ; Again I am 
seated to inform you of my present 
doings. All has gone well with me 
thus far and I have been blessed 
with most excellent bodily health, 
for which blessing I feel grateful to 
God the giver. Being quietly set- 
tled among the people, and laboring 
with them daily, I can begin to un- 
derstand the nature of their wants, 
and also their habits. In speakiug 
of the Freedmen it must be remem- 
bered by our readers that there is 
much difference, the different parts 
of the Southern Country, and 
Border States, and what may be true 
here, would seem very strange to 
brethren having acquaintance only 
with the Freedmen in the Border 
States. I say this, wishing it to be 
rememered by all that I speak of 
this people as I find them here, in 
Georgia. But I shall now only 
speak of my present employment. 
After coming into this country I 
was at once satisfied of the duty of 
Christians to labor for the good of 
these people. My first desire was 
to go alone into some settlement of 
Negoes and there labor with them 
But I soon lerned that it was necess- 
ary to labor under the Protection 
afforded by the Goverment, through 
the Freedmen's Bureau, not oidy 
that they might assist in selecting a 
suitable location, but such is the 
feeling against Northern men who 
would educate the Negro, that I 
would not be permitted to remain, 
as one working independantly, or 
without authority from the Govcr- . 
ment. With that understanding I y. \ 
consulted the State Superintendant. ^ 
lie requested me to take charge of 






assisting the brethren in the 
good work of the Lord ; were re- 
vived and encouraged in minrdin<» 
with God's people, and were for- 

the school in this place. Not being j days, 

employed by Government or bound 

by any rules, I am here with promise 

to labor for the moral and mental 

good of the freedmen. The bureau | warded by brother Jacob Kimmel to ' sent attending meetings ; but were 

in this church ; were brought to Ty 
rone, received and kindly treated 
by brother Holsinger's family ; did 
not see brother Henry, he being ab 

Indiana; over night with brother 
Fyock. Took train in the morning; 
arrived at Huntington in the even- 
ing ; visited our former place of res- 
idence, (Lick woods) ; met many 
relatives and friends, with whom we 
had an interesting meeting at Sugar 
Grove school-house. Then we pass- 
ed on to Kishacoquillas Valley ; had 
one meeting ; next to Spring Run, 
Mifflin Co. ; here we had four meet- 
ings, and a good time with the mem- 
bers and friends. Next we visited 
the Church at Aughwick, where we 
by hearing all the Pu- met many dear members, with whom 
with me the Lord's I we frequently united (formerly) in 

rents a house and employs an assis- 
tant Teacher. We have upon our 
day List 76 pupils mostly children. 
We hold a night school having 82 
names on the Roll. These are prin- 
cipally men and woman who labor 
in the day, and of all ages up to 65 
years. We opened a Sabbath 
school last Sabbath, and 62, pupils 
were there. All our schollars are 
learning to read, a few only studying 
Arithmetic, Geography and Penman- 
ship. I have short religious exer- 
cises every session being closed, day 
and evening 
pils repeat 
Prayer. In the evening, I occupy a 
portion of time, after instruction has 
ended, in explaining some portion of 
scripture. All are very respectful 
and attentive listners. I also preach 
for them when requsted to do so. 
But I have already grown lengthy 
Bad will close asking an interest in 
the brethrens prayer's. 
I am Respectfully, 


pleasantly entertained, and shown 
through his printing establishment, 
by brother J. A. Sell, his assistant ; 
took the evening train west ; parted 
from brother Bollinger at Pittsburg. 
I got home Feb. 26th ; found all 
well, thank the Lord. 

Erie, Pa. 

Brother llohinyer :— I feel it a 
dutv we owe to our brethren and 
friends (among whom we journeyed 
and labored) to give them a short 
account of our visit. I left home 
in company with Elder Michael Bol- 
linger, of Cherry GrOYe, 111., on the 
6th of January ; stopped with the 
brethren in Clarion Co. ; had one 
meeting ; found brother George 

worshiping God ; here also we met 
brother Jacob Spanogle of Philadel- 
phia, who preached to us on Lord's- ' 
day evening. 

While laboring here, the thought 
came to my mind, what a change a 
few years hrinz. about. Formerly 
I was permitted to sit here in the 
Sanctuary of the Lord, hearing those | 
dear brethren (who are now seated 
around) instructing us in the way of 
life. Now they listen while I try to 

Brother Henry ; Our church is 
progressing slowly, and we still enjoy 
refreshing seasons. Brother Allen 
Boycr from 111. was with us for sev- 
eral weeks, and Archy Van like and 
George Hanawalt paid us a v 
The weather being bad at the time 
and the roads drifted with snow, our 
meetings were small ; still we enj 
ed a happy season and felt strength- 

May the Lord abundantly hle»s 
those brethren for their labors of 


MijHinbury. Pa 

Brother L. J. Grove, M. D., 
preach "Christ and him crucified ;" ' Baltimore City says : "I reel quite 

onely as regards fellow pilgrims, 

but it matters not whether I ox they 
so Christ is preached, and the work 
of the Lord is carried forward. We 
continued in the vicinity of this 
church some days, and had I num- 
ber of meetings in different places. 
returned to Sugar Grore ; had three 
more meetings. O how I long to 
see this people, (to whom the 1 1 

Wood (speaker of this congrega- [ pel has been faithfully preached for 

tion) sick of Typhoid fever; were 
brought on our way by friend-, to 
Red Bank. Here we met with kind 
brethren and US ten, with whom we 

often united in worshiping God." 
During our short stay here, we en- 

a number of Y< M out uii the 

si le of the Lord ; how many young 
.is here might thine in the 
Church, as the fdirx in the firma- 
ment, if the v would hut turn to the 
Lord, and live ii. let tu his 

but 1 hope to see the time when the 
Church "will come up out of the 
wilderness, leaning upon her be- 
jored." 1 trust our brethren who go 
"ii j reselling tours will not 
through or around the city without 
giving us a word in due season. 
The material is here. Mav the 
Lord BpeedilT revive bil work. 

1 heard a Lectin : .lav on 

the "End of the World. •" The speak. 

er advanced the ilea that Daniel's 
"time, times, and a half time will ex- 
pire" in Ihfl twenty third eentu 

l tin- pies or.- of \ biting I for vitt. 

the first time) Elder John Wise's | While in Huntingdon we called 

family, and other members, with with brother A . 1>. Krumbaugh, M. 

whom we had a comfortable time. I». Had an interesting meeting in 

Thence wf were forwarded, by the Baptist Church, of this place. -■ hold their 

brother Philip Shoemaker, to Plumb Brother Brumbaugh Bug s si ring at their m< 

('reek; here we found brothel John matter, which 1 will try to Dotiee at N m,. 'Phe oouncil will 

Wise I in holding a series home other time. Came :■< War- be held on Saturday, Msy 25th next 

of meetings. Stayed MOM three lioit Mark; had several meetings ensuing, and of brethren 

MatrM <iiniug. 

The Brethren of the Eastern 
Dtstriot are invited bj the Bandy 

church. Columbiana count v, I 

the ensuing 


■*r T J * 


should arrive ID the neig 

on the evening before. Those coming 
from the Baat will stop with the 
Mail train at Smithficld station, and 
notify of their coming by letter to 
David S. Bowman, N. Georgetown, 
and those coming from the south or 
West will stop at Winchester, and 
notify previosly Daniel Mounts. 
Winchester, Columbiana county, 0. 

■ member, and died in the full triumph 
of laiih. 

Also, March 4th, sister ELIZABETH 
GIIAK.ST, wife of brother David Gharst, in 
the 45; >i year of her age, leaving a kind hus- 
band and a circle of relatives to mourn their 
loss. Funerals improved by brethren Frantz, 
Fundcrburg, and Christ. # 

Jons Sheixabargbr. 
"Visitor" please copy. 
In i he Conemaugh branch, Cambria Co., 
Pa., March 2nd, Elder DAVID AJ.BAl'GII j 
azed 79 years, C months, and 7 days. Fuut 

The North Western Ohio District 
Meeting will be held with the breth- 
ren in Logan county, on the 23rd of 



There will be a 'District Meeting 
for the State of Kansas, and for the 
Western part of the State of Mis- 
souri held in the Washington Meet- 
ing -house, Douglas county, Kansas, 
commencing on Easter Sunday, 
il 2 1st. 


The .Missionary Cause 

Evidently the Spirit of the Lord 
is at work among us in behalf of a 
spread of the Gospel. There is no 
movement among us that aifords so 
much pleasure as the evident ad- 
vancement of the interests of this 
cause, the necessities of which must 
be evident to every thinking mind. 
The able manner in which the sub- 
ject is being advocated by our cor- 
respondents relieves us from further 
participating in its discussion. All 
we can do, and expect to do, is to 
stir the minds of our brethren upon 
those subjects which concern the vi- 
tality of the Church, and when the 
greater minds take hold of it <ve 
shall turn our attention in another 
direction, in addition to what has 
already been said we give this week 
an interesting article by brother 
Spieher. We have also on tile an 
lV upon the same subject, 
■ t'her s. B. Furry, eonswtine 
D chapters, which 
begin in our next. 





member others but cannot now recall 
I the names of the authors. 

Lut the best evidence that we 
have of the advancment of the good 
work, is the effort of brother Eman- 
uel lleyser from whom a report will 
be found in this weeks paper, and to 
which wo would call special atten- , 

tion T or hrnthrr llr>\-«f>r hftvfl thp al services by brethren Solomon Benshoof, 

tion. .Let Drotlier tieyser na\ c tne Wm JlyerS) a ' ud the wrilcr> from Jot) l4 . 1; 3- 

benefit of our united prayers ; not ' 

forgetting to permit him to reap a 

portion of our "carnal things." 

whose expense brother Heyser 

laboring we cannot tell, but 

know he is serving in the cause 

Jesus, who is abundantly able 

support him and as we are all 

debted to Jesus we should be care. 

ful to redeem all His orders to 

brother Heyser. 

The "Companion Mission Fund,' 
which now amounts to nearly fifty 
dollars is awaiting an opportunity for 
investment in the cause ot 
and brother Heyser may afford it 


For the week ending Saturday, .VarcFt 16. 

Our friends who are so fond of reading our 
Diary must be satisfied with a very brief note. 
Some six or eight columns intended for this 
week's paper have again been crowded out. 
If we could possibly afford it we would cer- 
tainly enlarge our paper at orcc. What say 
our patrons J Would they do anything to- 
ward it ? How many will give fifty dollars, 
how many twenty-live, how many ten, five, 
aud ode I 

On Lord's Day last we attended preaching 
at ElDorado. Brother Graybill Myers and 
father, (I). M. Ilolsiuger) spoke from the 
words : --Brethren, it is my heart's desire 
and prayer to God on their behalf, that they 
jniiiht be saved." Romans 10 ; 1. Spent a 
pleasant afternoon and evening at the house 
of brother Oraybill. 

Stephen Uildebrand. 

"Visitor" please copy. 

Abraham Crumpaeker Blacksburg Va 1.50 

Mrs Mary Kinports Grant Pa 1.50 
Elder Abraham Stutsman, John6town Pa 1.50 

David Schrock ShanksviUe Pa 1.50 

Jorm Trump Melrose 111 1.50 

Abraham Klory Mt Crawford Va 1.50 

Scvillia Coffman Moultrie Ohio 1.50 

Mrs Jane A BarbBristolville Ohio 1.50 

L J Grove M. D. Baltimore Md 150 

George Wine Singers Glen Va 1.50 
J I) Trostlc Linganorc Md for his brother 

Wm Trost'e Nevada City Montana Ter. .75 

S L FundcrburgHunt'n Ind (all right) 1.50 

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The design of the work is to advocate truth, 
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In the same branch, Cob 8Srd, sister LIZZIE 
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Ubarger ; In the 4.">th year of her age. leaving 

a kind basband and three ehUArea to mourn 

id' ir which is her gain. 8be was a con- 

will of God as he has revealed it through his 
Son Jesus Christ. 

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Number 13, 



The Christian's Ilome. 

"For here we have no continuing city, but 
we seek one to come." Heb. 13 : 14. 
My home is not hy ocean's wake, 

That ebbs and flows on every shore ; 
For 1 shall surely Bee the time 

When its proud waves shall dash no more. 

My home is not beside the stream 
That Hows in silent grandeur on ; 

For I shall surely see the time 
When rivers all shall cease to run. 

My home is not among the hills, 

\\ h rit feed the flocks and herds so gay, 

For I shall surely sec the time 
When every li ill shall pass away. 

My home is not 'mid forest's shade, 
Where warble birds in bowers so green ; 

For I shall surely see the time 
When these shall never more be seen. 

My home is not 'mid camps and courts, 
Where mad ambition power craves ; 

For 1 shall surely see the time 

When pride and pomp lie in their graves. 

My home la not beneath the stars, 
Thai Shine on this terrcstial ball ; 

For 1 .shall see il ie time 

When uni shall faint and Start shall fall. 

M v home is not anions the sphere* 

That roll in their majestic way ; 
For I shall surely sec the time 

When heaven and earth shall pass away. 

My home is not beneath the skies, 
Here u i straagi r now l roam ; 

For I shall surely see the time 

D my dear Lord shall lake me home. 

My home is with my blessed Lord, 

-in anfl death shall never be ; 
the time 
d we from sin Bball be set free. 

B u.i.n:. 

Id, Ohio. 

For "ion. 

Winning ana* l.oNiug. 

* W I ElOTHgR J iBEPfl .Mil. I. Kit. 

Off I I MB. ( i., I'K.WA. 

Well-beloved in the Lord, <Jrace, 
My, dud Peace be to yon. Wnat 
a blessed paradox is this: "1 have 
suffered the loss of all things, that 1 

win Christ." Every e 
earth i b; oature blind 1 1 tin- mean- 
•■• N. Tint tl. 
A of "h . i brethn 
■ father, ai mother, or wife 
or children, or hurls," should I 
ly as the turning awaj from a heap 
of filth, i- an idea thai "w. 
to b Divine patcrniy . I'hil. 
1 Join, 2: 20. 

Our eyes are open to the loss, but 
the film of sin hides from our view 
the magnitude of the believer's gain. 
Of the prize we have no proper con- 
ception, and the race by which it is 
to be reached demands sacrifices 
too painful and appalling for sin-fet- 
tered, sin-loving human-nature to at- 
tempt. In early life we sometimes 
think, and find some excuse in the 
thought for continuing in sin, that 
youth is too icy and slippery a sea- 
son to venture on the path that leads 
to Heaven. They arc desirous of 
winning all they can on the side of 
carnal gratification, as far , 
checks of the conscience will allow, 
and very often much farther, even 
at the risk of losing all that the soul 
in a gloriQcd body, is capable of en- 
joying in a world of endless bliss, 
and inconceivable glory. But when 
we grow older, we find that our ad- 
versary can make the last st;i. 
our way a< slippery and dangerous 
as the first. The losi which Satan 
paints as far preponderating the 
gain, will only Be augmented in pro- 
portion as the pleasures of sin lie- 
come sweeter by gratification. We. 
who have through grace. Buffered 
the loss of all things in order ti win 

Christ, have found it so. Oh what 
folly, what forging and rivetin 

tains of vpoilyon, to harbor 

the conviction that it is easier to 
forsake all for Christ «i hen we 
old, or have become 

than in the early morn, and he! 
we have united our destiny wil 

In the transition from ■ 
and death to light and life, we c< 
- whollj t" ('In 

and "count nil til ' dung, t 

win Hint ;" but in our §ub- 
sequi ■ r, wo nevertheless dai- 

ly suffer loss in the orucifixion 
odered inclination 
ur own will. T 
in our nature whieh we thought iv- 
nhi » in the i 

conflict in which we "suffered the 
loss of all things," and "won Christ" 
as the all in all now and for- 
ever, will often be raked up afresh 
by the "wicked one" when wc have 
parsed into "the scar and yellow 
leaf" of existence, and kindled into 
a flame which burns our hearts with 
grief, and our cheeks with shame. 
I do not believe that a true child of 
God who reads these lines, one who 
has in the light of the Cross mads 
self his study, but will sigh a solemn at- 
testation from the depth of hi- 
to this humiliating fact. We have 
seen the Devil dead and buried, or 
at least we thought so. and yet rise 
again, and be a more implieable 
Devil than before. When we have 
the consciousness of victory, in the 
''crucifixion of the flesh, with the 
and affections," the old ser- 
pent blows with his bellows upon 
the smouldering sparks of i 
sin, and in a moment, before v 
aware of it, the whole house is in a 
blase. l>ut we are ever winning ii 
the midst of defeat ; ever growing 
richer with all our 1 >ss< - ; j rovided we 
are completely panoplied with "th 
whole armor of the GoS] el." "He 
that is begotten of peth him- 

. and that wicked one touch 

him We "a the 

W< u\ 

We are 

hod, and yet 'c tow bed. — 

We sin I yet "if we saj that 

wo have no sin, we deceive our- 

selves, and the truth is not in u 
If llie wicked one ,<••«,,/ /, 

U <tll. in 
better off than Christ hi 


tor of it. in all ] i„ 

and ii. 

much, provided are k< 

ached in ti.- 
creature in Chri 

~ — J i 







who 1 it wealth, arc careful, 

■ stow away their money 
ID the itfi -t part of the building, 
hut to look it in iron coffers, so that 
if the house ia wrecked by fire, or 
. ox tempest, their treaewre may 
remain free from harm. So also 
with the temple of the Holy Ghost. 
It baa windowa and avenues where 
Satan can creep in, and do much 

mischief, and greatly annoy find 
plague as; but if we keep oureelvet 

he cannot enter into the Holy of 
hdies in our deepest being. He 
cannot reach the Aikofthe Soul, 
in which are treasured the precious 
articles of the New Testament, and 
over which the Divine Glory broods 
with holy and tender solicitude. A 
proper, vigilant self-keeping will 
make our losses many, and our gains 
glorious. The outer doors of the 
ti u pie are open, and too often the 
enemy gains admittance. If we 
turn our head but for a moment to 
after the things that do not, be- 
to our calling, he is sure to 
slip in. Rut within the vail he can- 
not go. God dwells there. The 
enemy may storm the outworks, but 
he cannot penetrate the citadel. He 
may fire the house, but he cannot 
plunder the "Pearl of great price." 
He may cause us to cry out, "Oh 
hed man thai I am ;" but he 
cannot keep us from saving, " 1 
thank G»,l .through Jesus* Chrittour 
." Our treasures are locked 
up. not in coffers of brass or iron, 
but in an Ark of Gold. We may 
- • assured that if we "keep our- 
selves," however fiercely the wicked 
one may tempt us, he cannot touch 
the Divine within us. Christ was 
tempted, buffeted, tortured, but was 
ever intact a* to hifl deeper ami 
] roper self. Our earthly tab- 
ernacle, which sinks into the grave, 
the victim of death, which is the 
fruit of •'••/')», of which the Devil is 
th.' anthor, can be touched by the 
wicked one. Job ia a perspicuous 
instance. He was touched, and yet 
be was not touched. <>ur psycho- 
,! constitution, as a part, and 
apostate bumani- 

< /,. ./, and that most 

painfully, by the wi iked one- "The 
Prince of this world cometh, end 

hath nothing in me" was spoken by 
< Ihrist only a f.-w hours before he said 
to the menials of the Devil, -'this is 
your hour, and the power of dark- 
ness.'' The wicked one had com- 
plete possession of the Holy One, in 
one sense, while in another he could 
not touch Him. Oh what a loss ! — 
Oh what inestimable gain ! Arch- 
angels fail to compute the mighty 
sum ! So with the true christian. — 
That which i^ born from above, the 
new creature, the life of God, the 
wicked one cannot touch. It is Je- 
sus Christ in us the hope of glory. 
God dwellcth in us. Christ is a 
guest in the inmost soul. We are 
temples of the Holy Ghost. If we 
keep ourselves, every collision with 
the wicked one, will take away a 
little of our own, and give us more 
of Christ instead. Every conflict 
will result in loss, and every loss 
will enrich us. The renewed nature 
never sinned and cannot sin. To 
say that those who are regenerate 
never give expression to their cor- 
rupt propensities, in unguarded mo- 
ments, is simply to contradict a uni- 
versal fact. Put the inner life, 
which is perpetually and essentially 
at war with sin, never gave its con- 
sent to the commission of sin. When 
a believer does what is wrong, no 
one thinks of ascribing it to the (rod- 
life within him. The Divine leav- 
ens the carnal, and if we do notVeep 
ourselves, but allow the wicked one 
to make aggressions into our interi- 
or life, thus impeding the progress 
and limiting the expression of the 
new bcincr, the wicked one will sure- 
ly touch us where no watchful chris 
tian was ever touched ; and if we 
struggle not as a drowning man in 
1 the floods, the Holy One will take 
hia departure, and then the wicked 
! one will enter our inmost being, and 
I be the life of our life. Woe to such 
' an one ! When the Holy Ghost 
I leaves the soul once made his home, 
I will He return again '.' There is hut 
one generation in the order of no- 
ture, is there more than one regen- 
eration in the order of yrace '( — 
Therefore let us always suffer the 
ln>< of all things, that we may wii 
Christ forever. 

c if PALsr.Arcn 

For the Companion. 
Review ofthe Companion. 
Brother Henry ; I think I am 
one ot the first subscribers for the 

Companion, and have received ev- 
ery number to this present time. — 
The first volume I have bound, the 
second volume will also soon be 
bound. I would not like to be 
without the Companion, for two rea- 
sons : the one is, I can see how the 
different churches of the Brethren 
do prosper and increase ; and some 
very instructive lessons are contain- 
ed in the same, all of which is edify- 
ing and encouraging. The other 
reason is, we do receive a knowl- 
edge ofthe things advocated, which 
do not belong into Christ's Church, 
against which the brethren can be 
on their guard, because it becomes 
public throughout the Brotherhood, 
by the "Companion." 

I have lately examined and care- 
fully and cautiously reviewed the 
Companion from the first page of 
the first volume to the present num- 
ber, and I think, with a pure mo- 
tive ; and by doing so I found, many 
interesting and edifying pieces ; but, 
alas ! I am sorry to say, I also 
found things, advocated by some 
brethren, which, I think, should not 
exist among the followers of the 
meek and lowly Lamb, Jesus ; things 
which can be, and are construed in 
a very plausible manner, even as if 
it were a Chistian duty — things 
which are so very estimable and 
popular among the so called Chris- 
tians, who have invented ways and 
means to improve the way to heav- 
en, contrary to the teachings of the 
apostles, by which they expect to 
reach heaven. Brethren, will we 
accept of, or co-operate with them 
in any of their inventions ? God 
forbid. The things to which I am 
alluding are things which some spirit 
has introduced into nearly all the 
80 called Christian Churches. The 
apostle John says in his first epistle, 

I: 1, "Beloved, believe not every 
spirit, but try the spirits whether 
they are of Grod.. 

^--Brethren, bear with me. It seems 
to me I see something very unbe- 
coming and detrimental creeping 
gradually into our Brotherhood, 






which will certainly terminate in 
conformity with the fashionable and 
popular Christianity of these last 
and perilous and deceivable days, 
such as Sunday-schools, paying 
preachers, high schools or colleges, 
&c, which is construed to show out 
a very good and Christian appear- 
ance, but .Satan is at the head of it, 
if I am allowed to make the expres- 
sion-. Sunday-school^ in itself, if 
well conducted, may perhaps do no 
harm, but the root from which it 
sprung up, is the same root out of 
which the present ill improved and 
fashionable spurious Christendom 
Sprung. J It was invented and intro- 
duced by a class of men, who as 
early as 1820 or 1821 petitioned to 
Congress for an act to levy a gen- 
eral preachers tax, and that no one 
•hall be allowed to preach except he 
has received a theological collegiate 
education. The same men, as a 
protectant sect, petitioned to have 
the entire control of all the printing 
presses in the United States, under 
the plausible pretext which they as- 
serted, namely, that they, on their 
own expense, printed so many Bi- 
bles, and distributed them among 
the poor, and that they also intro- 1 
duced and established Tract socie- 
ties, Bible societies, Sunday-schools, . 
fcc^jyirteh-^v id e ntly -sWw^-tbaffiEhe i 
design of Sunday-schools and other 
institutions, in their origin was spu- 
f rious, and can not be trusted at the 
present time. I am now three score 
and two years old, in which time I 
have been Superintendent of a Sun- 
day-school for six successive years, 
until 1 discovered the origin and in- 
tent of the deceitful hypocricy, • 

which caused me to shun and abhor 
all and every deceitful institution I 
and practice of carnal humanity. 

And as for paying preachers; I 
think those who preach only at homo 
to their own congregation, need no 
lOpport or pay, except when they 

aiv unable to maintain then 
such should be •uetoinod by the eon- 
Mtinn according to necessity, as 
well ai poor ley-memberc. And a» 

J anls the Buaaioaarj oaneo. I n 
Per the reader to the writm 
brother A, J. Oorrell of lean., in 
tho Comjunion, on ptgp TO and 71, 

No. 8, Vol. 3. I fully coincide 
with brother Correll. 

lli^h schools or colleges at the 
present time are in generaly too 
much like infidel incubations, at least 
I know that public infidels are chief 
principles of some colleges. What 
else can be expected of the students- 
As soon as the brethren tolerate and 
sanction such things so soon that 
spirit who will guide us into all truth 
will leave the church ; it cannot be 
otherwise, the word of God is against 
it. We all know that a college is 
a place for students to receive a 
high and clasical education, which 
the world and nearly all the prostes- 
tant churches so highly rec3inmend 
and praise. No one can or will de- 
ny this fact. Now let us compare 
it with what Christ and the apostles 
says, as follows: "Cod knoweth 
your hearts ; for that which is high- 
ly esteemed among men, is abomi- 
nation in the sight of God." Luke, 
16,15. — ' : Not many wise men after 
the flesh, not many mighty not many 
noble are called." 1 Cor. 1,26. 
"Let no man decieve himself. If 
any man among you seemeth to be 
wise in this world let him become a 
fool." 1 Cor. 3 : 18. "Profeeemg 
themselves to be wise they become 
fools." Rom. 1 : 22. m For the 
wisdom of this world is foolishness 
with God. For it is written, He 
taketh the wise in their own crafti- 
ness." 1 Cor. -J: 10. ".Mind not 
high things but COO 1 to men 

of low estate." Horn. 12: 10. ''God 
resisteth the proud, but givith grace 
Bate the humble." James, 1: 0. 1st 
l'eter, 5 : 5. "And be not conform- 
ed to this world but be ye trans 

fomed by the renewing of year 

mind, that ye may prove what is 
that good and tble, and per- 

m11 of God." Rom. 12: -1. 
Bn thren, 1 am bound to 
and defend the simple truth as it is 

in ( 'lu'i t J all and 

high mindednew, oral 

ion, of which tlas 
world is full. All protectant church- ' 
n d i more or ' . and e i 

ten ling and building 
up traditions of men. Remember 

brethren, we are u 

Roman Catholic priest ; we should 
I stand aloof; we are or should be 
I strangers and pilgrims in this world; 
i our home is not here below ; we are 
j not in this world to seek after car- 
I nal gratifications, high education, 
wisdom of this unfriendly world, 
honor kc. We are here for a more 
noble and sublime purpose, namely, 
to prepare through grace of God, 
for that glorious and everlasting 
kingdom above, to the honor and 
glory of our God and the Lamb ; yes 
let us hastily press forward on the 
way to that glory and not procr 
tinate. Perilous times are before us ; 
it is blossoming, the fruit will soon 
appear. I shall now come to a close. 
Brethren, I pray once more, bear 
with your weak brother ; I have 
written what I have learned from 
God's word, and what I hare in 
part experienced : prove it by the 
word of God ; if you find me wron^ 
correct me in love, but beloved 
brethren, I feel not at present 
yield to any other correction than 
that which is founded on the true 
doctrine of Christ and his apostles. 
May the Lord our God sustain and 
preserve his church on earth, is my 
sincere prayer. 

J. E. l'KAl TZ. 
Ephrata. Pa. 

-•«• — — 

J-lr the ComptniuH. 
The Duty orPareula. 

Faindy worship is a duty devolv- 
ing upon every one who: ias 
entrusted with "the care of childr, 
what ■ pleasant thing it is t > >ee 
a christian family, all gathere 1 
round one common family altar, and 
there uniting their h 
in sending the HOJttQ 1 . -ir 
hearts to him w b m th 1 
w mid pertna le c\,ry brother and 
r that h . ted 
ttilj altar in their h 

it the 
gates oi' hell shall < tj] & . 


that much power Ifeth in •, 
uilv altar. ! 

the brother 

l' ra . vl; ' much in 

this, by celling th 


something mitel 




< j 


occasion, premising him to assist in 
prayer. "Let your light shunt that 
imii may see your good works, and 
glorify mir Father iii heaven." Let 
it not bo said by your children, "I 
never heard my lather or mother 
pray." Consider what plain and 
pressing commands of God require 
this at our hamls. "These words 
thou shalt teach diligently unto thy 
children, and shalt talk of thorn 
when thou sittest in thine house, and 
when thou walkest by the way, and 
when thou liest down, and when thou 
risest up." ''Train up a child in 
the way he should go, and when he 
is old he will not depart from it." — 
"Bring up your children in the nur- 
ture and admonition of the Lord." 
Joshua resolved, that "he and his 
house would serve the Lord." And 
God himself says of Abraham, "I 
know him, that he will command his 
children, and household after him, 
and they shall keep the way of the 
Lord." Consider it is a duty you 
owe your children in point of jus- 
tice. From us they received the 
defilement and misery of their na- 
tures ; and therefore we owe them 
all possible help for their recovery. 
Consider how near our children are 
to us ; they are part of ourselves. — 
Consider, God hath made our chil- 
dren our charge. Every one will 
confess they are the minister's charge. 
And have not we a greater charge 
of our own families than any minis- 
ter can have of them ? Doubtless 
at our hands God will require the 
blood of their souls. It is the great- 
est charge we were ever intrusted 
with ; and woe to us if we suffer them 
to be ignorant or wicked for want 
of our instruction or correction. — 
tder what work there is for us 
in their disposition and lives. Their's 
is not one sin, but thousands. They 
hare hereditary diseases, bred in 

their aatores. The things wc must 
teach them arc contrary to the in- 
terest* and desires of their fiesh. 
M:i . the Lord make us sensible 
what a work and charge Beth open 


Consider what sorrows wo prepare 

by the Qeglect of our 
children If they prove thorn- in 
our eyes, they are of our own plant- 


ing. If we should repent and be 
saved, is it nothing to think of their 
damnation, and ourselves the occa- 
sion of it ? But if we die in our 
sins, how will they ciy out against 
us: "All this was wrong of you ; 
you should have taught us better, 
and did not ; you should have re- 
strained and corrected us, and did 
not ?" What an addition will such 
an outcry be to our misery ! On 
the other side of the picture, think 
what a comfort we may have, if we 
be faithful in this duty ! If we should 
not succeed, we have freed our own 
souls, and have peace in our own 
consciences. If we do, the comfort 
is inexpressible, in their love and 
obedience, their supplying our wants 
and delighting us in all our remain- 
ing path to glory. But the great- 
est joy will be, when we may say, 
"Lord here am I and the children 
thou hast given me," and shall joy- 
fully live with them forever. 

Consider how much the welfare 
of the Church depends on this duty. 
This is the cause of most all the 
troubles and miseries in the church, 
even the want of a holy education 
of children. I would say, let us 
consider what excellent advantages 
we have for promoting the salvation 
of our children. They are with us 
while they arc tender and flexible ; 
you have a twig to bend, not an 
oak. None in the world have such 
interest in their affections as you 
have ; you have also the greatest 
authority over them. Their whole 
dependence is upon you for a main- 
tainance. And Ave are ever with 
them, and can never want opportu- 
nities; especially you mothers ; re- 
member this, who are more with 
your children while young, than 
their faihers. What pains are you 
at for their bodies ! And will you 
not be at as much pains for the sav- 
ing of their souls. Your affections 
arc tender, and will it not move you 
to think of their perishing for ever. 
I beseech you lor the sake of the 
children of your bowels, uaeh them, 

admonish them, watch over them, 
and do all you can to bring them to 
Christ. I shall earnestly request 
all christian parents that read these 
lines, that they would have compas- 

sion on the 6ouls of their poor chil- 
dren, and be faithful of the great 
trust that God hath put on you. If 
wc cannot do what wc would for 
them, yot let us do what we can. — 
The Church groans under the neg- 
lect of this weighty duty. If our 
children know not God nor his laws, 
but "take his name in vain " and 
slight his worship, and we neither 
instruct them nor correct them, 
therefore God corrects both them 
and us. Wonder not if God makes 
us smart for our children's sins, for 
we are guilty of all they commit, by 
our neglect of our duty to reform 
them. Will we resolve, therefore, 
to set upon this duty, and neglect 
it no longer ? Our children are like 
Moses in the bullrushes, ready to 
perish if they have no help. If we 
would not be charged before God a3 
murderers of their souls, nor have 
them cry out against us in everlast- 
ing fire, let us see that we teach 
them how to escape it, and bring 
them up in holiness and in the fear 
of the Lord. If we are not willing 
to do it since we know it to be so 
great a duty, we are rebels, and no 
true subjects of Jesus Christ? 

I would say, let us lead them, by 
our own example, to prayer, read- 
ing, and other religious duties ; in- 
form their understandings, store 
their memories ; rectify their wills ; 
quicken their affections ; keep ten- 
der their consciences ; restrain their 
tongues, and teach them gracious 
speech ; reform and watch over their 
outward conversation. To these 
ends, get them Bibles and pious 
books, and see that they read them. 
Examine them often what they learn: 
especially spend the Lord's dav in 
this work, and sutler them not to 
spend it in sports or idleness. Show 
them the meaning of what they read 
or learn. Let us instruct them out 
of the Holy Scriptures, and keep 
them out of evil company ; and ac- 
quaint them with the godly. Espe- 
cially show them the necessity, ex- 
cellency, ami pleasure of serving God, 
and labor to tix all upon their hearts. 

"Iteatn^ntng prayer »c cease to %ht. 

1'i.ivcr makes the christians armor hrijjht ] 

Ami Batata trembles when he - 

The weakest saint upon his km 





For the Companion. 
The M i>siona r.> Cause. 


TJte Redeemer' s arrangements and 
commands for the extension of the 

After the Savior's resurection, 
and while standing but one step 
from the throne of the Eternal, he 
proclaims his great and unlimited 
power both in heaven and on earth, 
and upon that strength enjoins with 


there came a sound from heaven as same missionary duty of the church. \/(_ 
of a rushing mighty wind and they Not that the church had already lost 
were all filled with the Holy Ghost, sight of her missionary office, for the 
and began to speak with other servants of Christ were carrying 
tongues, as the spirit gave them ut- their testimony in all directions, but 
terance." Thus the Holy spirit ! it appeared as if the everlasasting 
came down from the regions of end- gospel did not speed on its wings 
less glory, expressly to testify of fast enough to satisfy th_> yearnings 
Christ — and, as the great Mission- of infinite compassion, lie came 
ary spirit of the church, to "con- fourth and makes the encouraging 
vince the world of sin." The evan- : annunciation' and extents an unliin- 
gelist Luke tells us in his "Acts of itcd invitation as coining from the 

the Apostles," how the apostles be- Holy spirit and the church. "The 
supreme authority the all-absorbing j gan to proclaim the gospel at Jerusa- spirit and the bride says, ('«/«<' ! and 
duty of his followers — that of the j lem, "as the spirit gave them utter- let him that heareth say, Oam$\ and 

let him that is athirst erase! and 
whosoever will, let him come and 
take of the water of life freely." 
We have thus endeavored to give 
a brief summary of our Redeemer's 
arrangments and commands for the 
diffusion of the gospel. He having 

extension of the gospel. "Go ye," \ ance, when three thousand souls 
says he, "into all the world, and recieved their testimony and how 
preach the gospel to every creature." Paul, the apostle of the Gentiles la- 
Plain as this command is, and novel boured for the extension of the gos- 
as the duty may appear, since the pel of Jesus Christ ! The Holy spir- 
projecti t contemplates is without lim- it ever leading, directing, and in 
itation upon the earth, and so vast, spiring them with holy zeal" to im- 

that doubts are likely to arise as to part instructions and blessings, not | opened the fountain of salvati in in 

its import and obligation. He there- \ only for the alleviation of physical | the midst of a sin polluted world, the 

fore repeats it again and again, infirmities, but principally offering a i waters of eternal life are now gush- 

( though in somewhat different spiritual salvation to all who desired | ing fourth in liquid streams of benign 

forms,) and declares unto them that an interest in the merits of the aton- munilieence. It flows through the 

"these are words which I spake ' ement of Christ. After the apostles channal of eternal love, down from 

unto you while I was yet with you, were "endued with power from on [ the etherial regions of bliss to this 

that all things must be fulfilled," high," and after they had proclaimed ' world of degradation, misery and 

which were of old predicted as a the glad tidings of geat joy to the , woe — with its soothing virtues of 

new injunction. He even found it Jews, they still doubted the extent redemption from the curse of a bro- 

necessary to open '"their under- of the commission they had receiv- ken law. Man upon option, as a 

standings" that they might under- ed. Rut they were divinely allured free agent, can now release himselt 

stand the scriptures, and -aid unto from the Jewish restriction, and vis- from the firm grasp of that crest — 

them, Thus it is written, and thus it ion after vision drew them on to fallen angel— the enemy of souls ; 

behooved Christ to suffer and to rise invade the neighboring territories of and when thus relet rani 

from the dead the third day, and idolitarj. Eventually, the confines of Jesus, he will feel and acknowl- 

tliat re] and remission of of Asia were to be crossed. A ris- edge his d«rty to caai his infioena 

sins should be preached in his name &ion was see far back in the western carry out the propagation ofthe gospel 


regions of idoHtry — a Macedonian 
■ suppliant— the emblem of Europe — 


among nil nations, 

Jerusalem." Though they 

"witnesses of these things," yet be entreating, u Conte over and help 

tells them of the induction of that its." Bursting that last enclosure, 
"nower. from on high," which the ' the outermost circle of restriction, 

rather had promised the out-pouring Paul, (to whom this vision appear- 

of "His spirit npon all flesh." As edj was not disobedient, and in 

he was leading them out as far as view of this vision and 1 his lofty office 

Bethany, " be lifted up his hands," he belived himself thus fully author- 

significant of a final departure, "and Ized to traverse the world without 

blessed them." While in that glo- any restriction to proclaim the 

rious and affectionate act, be was pel. We would now be ready to 

majestically and trumphantly "car pr-ume that the extent of the COUV 

ried op into heaven," leaving with mission was fully realli 1 and an* 

them the mi- [fag promise of derstood by the followers of Christ. 

his spiritual co-operation, "event. But apparently, something must yet 

Though ulen ai hh tffb 

Ami sloniics ol'soiiuw Tall ; 
Yi-t be h ill cry without m 
Come Mimer, one auil all. 


rprise, J' r. 
To he continued. 

Albeit no man ; ingle 

and perfect in obedience as Christ 
was, j et it Is p issible to • vers man 

to tip] >r there . 

Hike, and " I 
partaker v\' the 1 hvuie natui . 
And the nearer a I Otb there- 

to, and the more godlike and divine 
ometli, ih" more he hated all 

■ J the end of the JBJQrld." While the he laeking,for we find the Savior Ott 

\\ dimples were in Jerusalem, upon more coming fourth 

• day of l'ente: i I, "| u Idenlj of Invisible 



i Jerusalem, upon more coming fourth from the realms teousnes; 

the him. 


nd th 




Tyrone City, Pa., Mar. 26,1867. 




Our Southern ('orr('N|)oii(l<'iice. 

Btotker Holtinger : — Brother Jes- 
m ( roawhtto, and myself started 
nn the 2nd 'mat, (March) an a preach- 
ing tow to Johnson Co., and South 

■i n V;i., to till B routine of ftp. 
pointments. We traveled a days 
journey through the rain, and reach- 
ed Watauga River, but it was past 
fording, so we rode a few miles, up 
the river, and put up until morning, 
expecting to swim our horses across 
next morning by day-light ; but Sab- 
bath morning's dawn showed us the 

s were too boisterous for that. 
We then went on up the river to Dr. 
A. Crosswhite's and put up, expert 
ing the river to fall. But to our 
disappointment we had to remain 
lying on our oars from Sabbath 
morning until Saturday morning fol- 
lowing. We could not return for 
the rapid streams of Elk and Doe 
rivers, neither could we advance for 
the foaming billows of the Watauga; 
indeed we could not pass over six 
hundred yards either way. But Dr. 
Crosswhite and family being zealous 
Baptists, treated us very kindly, 
free of charge. May the Lord re- 
ward them for their hospitalit} 7 . On 
Saturday morning the Dr. piloted 
us across the river, through the hills, 
and on to Roanes Creek, in cross- 
ing which brother Jesse Crosswhite's 
horse fell, and threw him off. The 
water was running very swiftly 
which compelled him to abandon 
his horse and he then swain out to 
the bank, the distance of thirty 
yards, safely ; but his saddle poek- 

ith h'lth our clothes in them 
floated off in the stream, and sunk, 
to rise no more. After drying a 
little we resumed our journey, and 

ai't<-r a tedious and perilous days 
journey we reached brother Landen 
Loid i house, where we began to 
fuel oui-elve-j at home. By the 
kindness of the family we were fur- 
! with clothing suitable, and 
ITS went on through the rain to 

I Ihapel t«> our appointment on 
Sabbath, had meeting there, and in 

the evening at brother Loid's, and 
on Monday we preached at Charity, 
and in the evening by request at 
John Loid's, and baptized sister 
Jane Poe. Had good meetings, 
and they were well attended consid- 
ering the high waters and bad roads. 
Tuesday morning the 12th we start- 
ed home ; on the loth we arrived 
home and found all well, and thanks 
be to the Lord for it, for we believe 
if our business had been any other 
than the salvation of souls, we never 
could have escaped a watery grave, 
but the Lord was with us, and de- 
livered us from dangers seen and 
unseen to us ; and glory be to his 
name for his mercy and goodness. 

I would furthermore say that in 
those mountain regions, there is a 

looking for the flood ! Perhaps no 
one ; then let us be ready that death 
come not upou us as a thief in the 

P. 11. WR1G1ITSMAN. 
JPV< - dom, Tenn. 

great field of labor opening for the 
Brethren. These people are kind 
i and hospitable, and insist on the 
| brethren visiting them often. 

We here in East Tenuessee have 
just had the most extensive freshet 
I ever known in this part of the coun- 
try. In Johnson and Carter Coun- 
j ties, Iron-works, mills, corn-cribs, 
stables, and dwelling houses were 
washed away. I am informed that in 
Sullivan County thirty one dwelling 
houses were washed away and some 
of the inmates with them. Holson 
and Cherokee rivers were higher 
than ever before known. Holson 
river at the Strawberry-plains bridge 
it is said was fifty feet above com- 
mon water-mark. Many boats of 
produce, and mover's in boats were 
utterly destroyed ; boats, burdens, 
and crew in many boats, were dash 
ed to pieces, and sank beneath the 
raging billows. Along some of the 
rivers, the soil of whole farms was 
literally washed away. 

Thus the maddened billows swell- 
ed with fury, rushed onward, bear- 
ing on their bosom swift destruction 
in obedience to Him who said to the 
turbid waters in ancient davs: — 
••Peace, be still." 

Sinner where are you drifting up- 
on the bosom and stream of time? 
Stop, and reflect before you further 
go ; "Repent, for the kingdom of 
heaven is at hand." 'Be ye also 
ready lor the son of man coincth 
when ye think not." Who was 

Dkar 'Jo7)i]>anton; The clouds that 
have been hanging over the little 
flock here, have suddenly lifted and 
lo ! the bright sun has burst forth 
to rejoice our souls again. God 
poured out his spirit largely upon 
his people, until there hearts over- 
flowed with the gift, and now the 
stream must flow onward to gladden 
the vineyard of the Lord. 

Brothers Cover and Debolt of the 
Fairview arm of the Georges Creek 
branch, and brother Miller of this 
place met with us and held a series 
of meetings, beginning the evening 
of fifteenth ultimo. Although the 
weather was inclement, the congre- 
gation was large and attentive. 
Three candidates presented them- 
selves and in the pure waters, were 
buried with Christ in baptism, and 
arose to newness of life. It was a 
blessed season and a solemn occa- 
sion, and our minds drew in their 
wanderings and centered on Jesus 
our Savior. To us the way of life 
was more clearly opened, and our 
souls mounted upon the wings of 
faith to a sacred nearness with our 
Redeemer. We pray the good word 
spoken may return to the Lord in 
full measure, for, "he that goeth 
forth and weepeth bearing precious 
seed, shall doubtless come again 
with rejoicing bearing his sheaves 
with him." 

But at our own fireside altar 
where the brethren knelt with us to 
offer up their oblation, we most felt 
the Lord present ; to our waiting 
souls it rat none other than the 
house of God and the gate of heav- 
en." It was a happy season, and a 
glad time long to be remembered. 

"Sweat hour of prayer ! Bfreel hour of prayer! 
That call'd at from a worl.l of care, 
And bade ii* at our lather's throne 

Hake all our wants and wii-hcs known. " 

Yours in the one hope. 

1,. II. MILLER. 
Valley Farm West I'd. 





Madisox. Georgia, ) 
March 14,1867. f 
Brother Hblringer ; I have this 
clay received the Companion for 

March 5th, and learned, through it. 
that others had been sent to me. It 
satisfies me of neglect somewhere. — 
Brethren who have been absent 
from any branch of the Church can 
appreciate the visit of the "Compan- 
ion;" to one circumstanced as I 
now am, how refreshing to hear 
from the brethren and from the dif- 
ferent branches of the Church, 
knowing that, though we are far (lis- 
tant from each other, the fire of love 
is burning in each heart, and all are 
laboring in the same cause, and de- 
siring to lead souls to the Lamb of 
God. Let us then prove ourselves 
faithful, willing to labor where, and 
as tiie good Lord directs, try to fol- 
low where duty leads, willing to be 
anything or nothing, that we may 
win Christ ; and although we may 
not be permitted to enjoy ourselves 
in the society of the beloved, yet let 
us look with an eye of faith to the 
meeting that awaits the faithful. — 
Methinks 'twill be the sweeter to 
meet after long separation, and 
when the trials, labors, anxieties, 
disappointments, and dangers shall 
have passed, to meet around the 
blood washed Throne, and in that 
Rett to enjoy the fruits of labor, in 
God's service. May the good Lord 
bless all who are willing to be guided 
in the path of duty. Let us never 
mind the scoff's or the jeers, but 
ever looking to the prize, let as 

Eress forward. Alone, and unaided 
y counsel, I am trying to make use 
of the time. With a desire to labor 
the most effectually, I have accepted 
the oversight of the Preedmen in 

this vicinity ; not, however, in the 

employ of the Government, nor un- 
der any restrictions from Govern- 
ment or Missionary Societies. I 
I am left free to seleot my own man- 
ner of teaching. With the under 
standing thai I earns bare to labor 

!<>r the mental and moral good of 

the Preedmen. The Suporintendant 

of the Bureau rents a house lor us, 
and proteoti us in our rights. The 

school had been started bj i lady of 

this place before 1 carao. Wo now 

have 8*3 children entered on the 
list for day scholars. At night we 
teach from 7 to 10 o'clock, and on 
the night list we have 109 names, 
mostly men and women who work in 
the day. Since my coming we have 
opened a Sabbath-school, and after 
two Sabbaths we have 91 who desire 
Sabbath-school instruction. Our 
numbers are steadily increasing, 
and at the present time it is not 
possible to do justice at our evening 
and Sabbath schools. No white 
person except my assistant and self 
have been in any of our schools, 
day evening, or Sabbath, and no 
colored persons are capable of as- 
sisting. All seems to be progress- 
ing as well as could be expected. — 
Our pupils, generally, make good 
progress, and our daily exhortations, 
relating principally to the Spiritual 
welfare of us as accountable beings, 
are attentively listened to, and I 
trust, received in good ground ; at 
least 1 pray that good may result. 
Success here must only be looked 
for as a result of patient and perse- 
vering labor. "But if we faint not 
we shall reap in due season." 
In brotherly love, 


Brother ITolslnger ; As I have 
been a reader of the Companion 
since its commencement, and have 
seen queries in it, and generally an- 
swered satsifactory to me ai.d 
as "all Scripture is given by in- 
spiration of God, and is profitable 
for doctrine," fee., I should like to 
have an explanation on 1 Cor. 14 : 
3, 4. "Let your women keep silent 
in the churches, for it is not permit- 
ted unto them to speak, but th-v 
are commanded to be under obedi 
bum, as saith the law." Now, we 
read in I Cor. 11:5: "But every wo- 
man that prajeth or prophsieth with 
her head uncovered Oaaho no retb her 
bead." And in Luke, 2nd chapter, 
we I'm 1 : "And there wa* OM Anna, 

a pro) coming in thut 

thanks likewise unto 
the spake of him to all 
thein that locked for redemption in 


Now 1 know that the Scripture 
does not contradict itself, but I 


should like to have this compared <4 
| by some brother or sister, for I am l' 

at a loss to know what the apostle ^* 

meant when he saith, " The woman 
\ should be silent ;" for we can read 
■ of prophetesses in the Bible. 


Clear Springs, Pa. 

■ m 

Brother UoUmger. I see the 

Brethren are agitating the question 
of "spreading the Gospel" in a way 
I heartily concur in ; that is of 
spreading out and settling down in 
the great field that lies ripening for 
the harvest. In this way even pri- 

j vate members may be the means of 
influencing many to return unto the 

1 Lord. Scatter the salt around and 
its saving influence will be manifest- 
ed, so that at a day not far distant 
there may be a refreshing ingather- 
ing of souls. 

I have been at different times 
written to, by brethren who have in 
view a change of residence, for 
information relative to this part of 
West Va. I would here 6ay we 
have a remarkable healthy country ; 
land productive ; excellentsectionfor 
fruit ; and for stock raising not easily 

I surpassed. Land, unimproved can 

[ be had for $2, to $6 per acre. Im- 
proved land from $o to $-•">, per 
acre, according to improvements. 
Much of the land is well watered 
with springs and running brooks. 

I will freely give all desired infor- 
mation if applied to by letter, enclos- 
ing stamp to prepay answer. 

J. s. PLOBY. 

Fayettevill,-, W l'i 


Brother Noah B. Blough, after 
requesting us to change his add; • 
; from StOVStoWn, Somerset Co, t 

Clairsville, Bedford Oo, Pa, 

'•1 give this information that the 

brethren may write SO OS, and vMt 
Bt, and so that if there are any 

Brethren In thai vicinity thai thej 

m:i_\ make themselves known to u-. 
1 was told th> ie in 

the Township by the name 

Y..U will find brethren in St. Clair 
Township, some six miles from B 
ClairSVille, bj the name of II 







<Tcr, Ro i, Borger, and other 

names which we do not now remem- 
ber. — Editor. 


/; -', r Uolsmger .'—There 
throe liH-iakos in No. 11, in my 
communication about our series of 
meetings in Newton (not Coving- 
4 miles Boulsh of Covington, 
and ending on the 15th (not 19th). 
The other mistake time may correct. 
I suppose my pencilii g rubbed out. 

District Meeting. 

The District Meeting of the 
Brethren in North Western Ohio, 
will take place, Ood willing, on the 
28rd of May next, at our meeting- 
house, in the Logan County church, 
being in the care of Elder Abraham 
Frants. The brethren are invited 
to be with us. Those coming from 
the West and North West will stop 
oft' at De Graff, and those coming 
from the North East arid South will 
stop at Belleloutaine. 

Bellefontaine, Ulii<>. 


What is the order of the Brethren 
in r. _;ard to members of the Church 
who have become a Church charge ? 
Have they the privilege of moving 
from onp arm of the Church to an- 
other without the consent of the 
Church where they arc moving to 2 
Or should said Church first be coun- 
seled that there be an understand- 
ing, and thereby preserve a union 
among the Brotherhood. Will some 
brother please answer ? 

1). BROWER. 

Lima, '■ 

Co (Our (forvtspouDtnts. 

Under this head wo "ill notice and reply to 

Tories, ,nd give other notices, when 

it U thought advisable to withhold the real 

W, demand, In all cases, the writers 

, onrscll the priviwge 

ol detennlalnit the propriety of puMlabtauj! 


Can not 

D aiut. 

bare printed lal 

■<; a-." Hi 

-] \xr8 laaaed on in 

:n by the dale, but always by 


There were no pa- 
. us to 

imber of the paper ; then we can ti U 

nt a glance whether we have them or not. 

Br. i. wo, Jefferson, Ohio. We should be 
pleased to hare yon explain wtaal argument 
against Bunday-Schoola you can draw from 
Tit uk 1 : '.>. 10, 11, and 2: 1. Please show us 
bow von make the application, without ma- 
king yours. H gUlUy of the charges there men- 
tioned by the Apostle. 

ASDBB8BB8. Brethren D. r. Bayler and 

I> I E 

In Allen Co., Ohio, on the 9th Inst., or 
Typhoid fcrer, ANNIE, daughter of Bamncl 
and M. BTEHMEM (Menonltee). Funeral 
services by the writer and others, from Kom. 
8 : 28. The deceased was in her lOtb yearj 
and had made up her mind to become a mem' 
bcr of the Church of the Brethren, but before 
this wa6 attended to she was called from time 
to eternity. 

D. BltOWEB. 

in Logan Co., Ohio, (time not -hen) of 
5 wnn Consumption, CHRISTIANA NEWFARMER, 

the addresses 

ol Samuel P. Forrcr, i\:r. — 


For (he iceck ending Saturday, March 23rd. 

On Saturday last I accompanied brother 
Gray bill Myers to Coucmaugh, Cambria Co., 
where we attended preaching in the Presby- 
terian meeting-house in the evening. On 
Sunday attended meeting at the Homer meat- 
iug-housc, about fourmile6 from Conemaugh; 
and on Sunday evening again at Conemaugh, 
where wc had a good turn out. (.'wing to 
the inclemency of the weather the former 
meetings were rather small, but wc were 
pleased -with the zeal of the brethren there. 

On Thursday afternoon we wen: favored 
with a visit by brother Allen Boycr, of Lena, 
Stephenson Co., 111., who sojourned with us 
until Friday morning, when he resumed his 
jonrncy Westward, expecting to stop next 
with brother Henry Kurtz, at Columbiana, 
Ohio. A deep suow having fallen on Thurs- 
day night, and continuing to snow all day 
ou Friday, he no doubt had slow traveling. 

wife of Henry Newfarmer ; aged 40 years and 
•j'.' 'lays, leaving a husband and 9 children to 
mourn their loss. Funeral services by Elder 
Ab. FrantZ and the writer, from Rev. 14 : 
Kl, 14. J. I,. Fkantz. 

List of moneys received] for subscription 

to the Companion, since our last. 

Barbara Layman North Clivton Ohio .35 

Mrs Elizabeth Coble James Creek Pa 1.00 
Mies Elizabeth NorrisJMeConnelstown Pa 1.00 

John Knisley Plymouth Hid 1.00 

.1. hn 3 Bmmert Mi Ca;roll 111 1.50 
John Harshman Zimmermausville Ohio 1.50 

Mary Birom Bristolville Ohio 1.50 

Jacob Bowser KlttaTlning Pa 1.20 

Wm C Mill r South Bend Ind 1.50 

Jacob Funk Chili Ohio 1.50 

Sarah E Rtttenhonse Mansfield Ohio 1.50 

John Hoover 8event\ Elegit Iowa 1.50 

' Samuel Sitz Clarksville Iowa 1.50 

Daniel Bell Newry Pa 1.15 

3 B Cobaugt) Conemaugh Pa 1.90 

B S Wbittcn Liberty Va -50 

Christian Sheller New Guilford Pa 1 50 

Daniel Stover Haldane 111 1 .50 

Augustus H Willlar Union ville Md 1.50 

J W Diehl New Oxford Pa 1.00 

' P Diehl « ' 1.50 

JSADiehl « 1.00 

John Mouse " 1.00 
C A Diehl " 
Banmel Driver Swoops Depot Va 

David Brandt (ULartinsburg Wcet Va 1.50 

Jacob Early Lima Ohio 1.50 


The Companion Reviewed. 

Under the above head we publish 
an article this week, from brother I Christian T^milj Companion, 
John E. Piautz. As we do not a \ . ,,. . , _ , , ., , A 

Is published every Tuesday, at $1.50 a year, 
by Henry K. Holsir.ger. who is a member of 
the "Church of the Brethren," sometimes 
known by the name of "German Baptists,' 1 & 
vulgarly or maliciously called " Jluukardt." 

The design of the work is to advocate truth, 
expose error, and encourage the true Christian 
; on his way 10 Zion. 

it assumes thai ihe New Testament is the 
Will of God, and that no one can have the 

hand upon the mouth ot a brother promise of salvation withotii obBervingoH ft* 

c ,i _ „r ii,.„„ _ „„„ „,,j j.. „ remiircm';>H ; that among these are Faith, Re- 

of the age of three score and two . ,,..{ ltant . e . ,., ism by nine in 

gree with the writer, and do not 
wish to be held responsible for his 
ideas, wc desire to give our reasons 
for publishing it entire. 

1st. We did not like to lay our 

sion, Feet Washing, the Lord's Supper, the 
Holy Communion, Charity, Non-conformity to 
the world, and a full resignation to the whole 
will of God as he has revealed it through his 
bon Jec a ' 

Bq much of the affairs of this world a9 will 
be thought necessary to the proper observance 
of the Blgni Of the times, or su.ii a> may tend 
to the moral, mental, or physical benefit of 
the Christian, Will be published, thus i 
inu all occasion for coming into contact with 
the so called Literary or Political journals. 
rlptiona may begin at any time. 
For further particulars send for a specimen 
becoming too much associated With number, enclosing a stamp. 

,° ,. ,. . Address II R. HOLBINGER, 

the world audits popular religion. TtkokxPa. 


2nd. In order to show the pecu- 
liar news that are still entertained 
by some of the brethren, and give 
others an opportunity to meet them 
with the better light. 

3rd. Eor its own merit, in afford- 
ing an opportune warning against 

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(fylxfwtwn (^amilg d^mprumLf 



1 Whosoever loveth me keepeth mj- commandments." — Jisus. At $1.50 Per Annum. 


Number 14. 

For the Comptnion. 
Horniug U.inm. 

Thank* he to God, who safe kept, 
And has retrosh'd us « Iiil« wc slept ; 
And has permitted us to rise, 
To pay our morning sacrifice. 

Whilst many souls hy death have fled, 
Since wc retired to our bed ; 
Yet thou, O Lord, hast been our guide, 
And did'st protect us by thy 6ide. 

may we please the Lord to-day 
In all that we may do or say ; 
Giant, Lord, to guide us in thy way, 
That wc may never from thee stray. 

In all our actions let us prove 
How much we prise thy wondrous love ; 
'Till wc thai) fill our course on earth, 
And raist our songs in heav.nlv mirth. 



Fir (he Companion* 
A Fragment. 


The fact of our deep sense of 
unworthines.s, in connection with 
our realization of the life of Christ 
as an actual indwelling, is a most 
encouraging evidence that our name 
is written in Heaven. When once 
the soul can say, on evidence har- 
monizing with the word of God, that 
Christ t» ; -, that nothing u 

so satisfying to the longing Bpirit, 
as the coil with 

the Fountain of bliss, credited l>v 
the testimony of Eternal Truth, we 
want no hi nuance, and God 

himself can give aq higher, that we 
are wedded to the Adorable Bride- 
groom of the Elect. The intense 
yearning of the soul after )• 

after more consummate joy in Him. 
after more complete assimilation to 
Him, more period conformity to hi? 
Divinelj -beautified human life, is 
a dear, unmistakable proof o 
newal of heart, even if we are ■ 
id down with so profound a 
of hi))., i fection and unworthi 
that we dare hardly bo much as lift 
up our eyes to the Mercy seat. The 

blissful state of which we are 
Mpable and those in Christ are 

capable of H u when we have 
» lull vir W af both side ofthe I 

One side is black as hell, and flam- 
ing with Divine wrath ; while the 
other is bright as the canopy of the 
"Third Heavens," and gilded with 
Divine "Love. To look at the dark 
side only, begets despair: to gaze on 
the luminous side onlv, engenders 
presumption. A view ofthe dark 
side shuts out the exceeding mercy 
of God. A view ofthe bright side 
shuts out the exceeding sinfulness 
of sin. The dark side will never al- 
low us a glimpse of the heart of God 
in its redemptive purposes. The 
bright side only will not afford us 
an insight into our own hearts as to 
their utter and total depravity in 
the deepest element of being. On 
the dark side is written Gal. 3:10. 
On the bright side, John 3 : 16. — 
And like a rainbow o! emerald, 
i tide to side, is the 
Heaved-aud-earth astounding inscrip- 
tion, 2 Cor. 5 : 21. It is when these 
three wonderons ideas, conceivable 
onlv by the Infinite Mind, converge 
to a focus in the believer's heart, 
that he is able to spell his >wn name 
in the Book of Life, the New 'I 
ment, with a feeling of security a- 
mounting to the certainty of - 
Not that the Elect must needs al- 

walk in such eU8V 
that that they arc the U is secure in 
the "' f such a^ him ic i ; but 

it will most certainly Follow Buch 

view of the I 1 1 - had of it 

who died thereon for our sins. The 
majority of believer's have their 
mostly rivited on the dark side, 
and are. Consequent)?, distrustful of 
their ' uli A in 

ment on themselves, and find it dif- 
ficult, oftentimes, to believe that 
they bare i>nj saving inter. 

There are few for whom 

mo the tion. We 

mod into the sunshine 

enough to keep us from despair. — 

due the i '1 the 

-II of th 

■>! on :' 


the Cross. It is to be feired that 
there are some, alas ! that there 
should be any, who have so turned 
their backs to the sin, revealing side 
of the Cross, that they become guil- 
ty of improprieties, if not actual 
sins, by which the bride of the Lamb 
is made an object of reproach and 
derision. Oh that the ambassadors 
of Christ, especially, would "ab- 
stain from all appearance of evil," 
and "give none occasion to the ad- 
versary to speak reproachfully." — 
II »w it must grieve the Holy Spirit 
and pain the heart o when 

ministering brethren lift up their 
voice like a trumpet against sin in 
all its forms, while in their domes- 
tic life, and in their journeys thro' 
the Brotherhood they manif 
levity in conversation and a loose- 

of demean >r, winch is truly 
pitiful to witness. "He that is able 
to receive it, let him receive it." — 
To all such I would say, with a 
brother-heart, turn to the" midnight 
side of the Cross, and there! 
if you have never known it, what 
God thinks of sin — of your sin. 

When we consecrate ourselves to 
Christ, body as well as soul, we hold 


g in reservation. The new- 


born soul makes no conditions. Its 

language is; "Lord, what wilt thou 

me to do 
tion of self, aula readiness to fall 
in with tlfc Divine will in its explicit 
revelation and in all its implications, 
is the grand characteristic of a true 
belieyer. The emploi 
of our members as "instruments of 
unrighteousness," und unwilling* 
nrttt to tread into ai . top of 

which the 1 | 

may reveal to u^. wUl aol 

struct the channel 

unj erfl the ac., 

made. When clearly eonvina 

.1 in any 
thing that we feel on 
Istioi us our father, or I 





ci*j >t . however simple it may appear, 
or however repugnant to our inher- 
ent hostility to self-crucifixion, and 

we resist the strivings of the Holy 
Ghost, we will most assuredly be sc- 
riously hindered in our Zionward 
progress, and we may be bo unhar- 
sed by a single violation of con- 
science, that the door is open to ev- 

foe, and the way prepared for 
the resurrection of the body of sin, 
until, before we think of it, we have 
but a name to live while we arc 
dead! A seemingly trifling gratifi- 
cation of vanity, if it was no more 
than the placing of a button or rib- 
bon, or the adjustment of the hair, 
or a particular part of the plainest 
attire : or a smile, or pressure of the 
hand, or a movement of any part of 
the body, prompted by the "lust of 
the flesh ;" these and similar little 
things, as we are perhaps inclined 
to think, have not unfrequently been 
the first steps on the path whose ter- 
minus is in "outer darkness, where 
there is weeping and gnashing of 
teeth." Some duty which to those 
in different circumstances and of 
different disposition, would be too 
trivial to notice, but which seems to 
be the testing point of our fidelity 
to Christ, is habitually neglected, 
or an evil propensity is allowed a 
little mrf ace-play, and then a little 
more, and still more, until the con- 
science is so blunted as to pass by 
the "weightier matters " of the Gos- 
pel without compunction. This op- 
ens the way for gross moral obliqui- 
ties, and such glaring violations of 

will of Heaven, which in our 
"first love" were as hateful to us as 
• sin is dreadful. In- 
stances will no doubt occur to the 
reader where such as were once en- 
lightened by the Holy Ghost, and 
were even " burning and shining 
lights ' on the watch-towers of Zion, 
were in this way again entangled in 

ii arc of Satan, and eventually 
whelmed in ruin. "Consider thy- 
self, lest thou also be tempted." — 
"lie not highminded but fear." — 
"Let him that thinketh he standeth, 
take heed lest ho fall." "God hath 
as to wrath, bu*, to ob- 
tain salvation by our Lord Jesus 
Christ." There is room for u.s all ; 

tbcro is provision for us all ; there 
is hope lor us all. If any of as fail 
of the grace of God, it will be be- 
cause we suffered the wicked one to 
take our crown. "Yet a little while 
and he that shall come will come, 
and will not tarry." The orient is 
gilded with the coming glory. Al- 
though we have no chronologic cal- 
ander to point out the day and hour 
of his coming, the inner ear hears 
the distant rumbling of -'tli" Chariot 
of Israel and the horsemen thereof;" 
and the eye of faith discerns indica- 
tions of "the glorious appearing of 
the great God, and our Savior Je- 
ue i lirist." And then, oh then — 
but the tongue of neither man nor 
angel is adequate to the theme '. A 
decade, a century, is but a span in 
the scheme of Him who holds the 
reins of Universal Empire. 

In the mean time let us watch, 
and pray, and hope, and be of good 
cheer. Nothing surely can so in- 
spire the fainting believer, bowed 
down with adversity «fc sorrow, as the 
prospect of Eternal Bliss ! Earth's 
bitterest tears are turned into nectar 
at the thought of the " unspeakable 
joy" in the morning of immortality ! 
In the midst of great tribulation, our 
hearts can leap with thrills of rap- 
ture as the eye of faith descries in 
the distance the glorious mansions 
of the Father's House. Under 
every cross, our steps will be quick- 
ened and our sinking spirits revived, 
by the love-lights that flash in the 
distant windows of the Heavenly Je- 
rusalem. Rays from the "Excellent 
Glory" will illuminate our desert- 
pathway, and the spies of Faith and 
Hope will supply us with grapes 
from Eschol, and keep our souls 
aglow with foretastes of the incon- 
ceivable blessedness awaiting us be- 
yond the foaming Jordan of death. 

m m 

For the Companion. 
"On© Baptism." 

As brother C. C. Root has made 
a call for volunteers to fight against 
our common foe, we obey the call 
with pleasure ; and as we all expect 
to use the same sword, (it being 
sufficiently large and powerful for 
all) we will shove our end as near 
the enemy as possible, as we do not 

claim to be neutral, but willing to 
be loyal to the kingdom of our Re- 
deemer. The text referred to is re- 
corded as follows : " One Lord, 
One Faith, One Baptism." We in- 
fer from the preceding verse that 
the Apostle meant that there is "one 
Lord, one faith," and "one baptism." 
This, however, need not, and does 
not imply that there is but one ac- 
tion in baptism. As soon as a man 
and woman are united in marriage 
"they are no more twain, but one 
flesh." They are "one flesh" yet 
"our critic" would not, we hope, be 
so presumptious as to assert, or even 
imagine that either the man or the 
woman do not still represent one in- 
dividual. From the above language 
we readily infer that two individuals 
may become " one flesh." Thus it 
is with baptism. Although there 
are several actions required, those 
actions constitute but one baptism. 
We know that the apostle had refer- 
ence to the mode, and not the num- 
ber of actions, from the fact that it 
he would have meant that there is 
but one action necessary he would 
have plainly contradicted the com- 
mand given by Christ in his commis- 
sion. Hence we see that to prove 
that the apostle meant the mode 
only consists in proving that there 
is more than one action necessary, 
which lesson "our critic" has "proba- 
bly been taught before this. At all 
events, if he will be careful and 
place no construction upon it to con- 
flict with the commission he will 
doubtless see the great mystery 

Pierceton, hid. 

For the Companion. 

"One Lord, One Faith, One Bap- 
tism/' I. ph. 4:5. 

In order to understand the epis- 
tolary writings, which is not as easi- 
ly understood as a narrative, we 
should make use of the golden key ; 
that is get into the spirit and chan- 
nel of the writers, and place our- 
selves into the circumstances of 
those that are addressed. The 
apostle, in the above verse, does not 
have reference to the mode of bap- 
tism ; be does not use the verb, nor/ 






participle, but the noun baptism, or 
dipping ; simply gives the ordinance 
that the Savior commanded a name; 
and when he says " One Lord," 
he means, not one Lord for the Jew 
and another for the Gentile ; not 
one Faith for the Jew and another 
for the Gentile ; not one baptism for 
the Jew and another for the Gen- 
tile ; but, as he says in the 3rd chap- 
ter of Gal.: "As many of you as 
has been baptized into Jesus Christ 
have put on Christ. There is neith- 
er Jew nor Greek ; there is neither 
bond nor free ; there is neither male 
nor female, but we are all one in 

But if brother Root's critic con- 
tends for one dip, because Paul 
says, " One Baptism," (or dipping) 
can we not with the same propriety 
contend for a plurality of dips, be- 
cause Paul says baptisms. Ileb. 6 : 2. 

But baptism is no where in the 
epistolary writings given in the im- 
peritive mode ; hence we must go to 
the language of the Redeemer in 
order to learn how to administer the 

M untie, 2nd. 

For the Companion 

"Wine is a mocker, strong drink is racing, 
and whosoever is deceived thereby is not 
wise." Piov. 20 : 1. 

We sometimes grow careless 
about our duty, and often leave 
tilings undone which should be done; 
even till necessity drives us to it. 

Saving Been the other day, in 
front of our office, one of the most 
degraded spectacles of buman na- 
ture, a man reeling under the in- 
fluence of liquor, sunk even below 
the brute creation, it called upon us 

loudly to sound an alarm to the 
young readers of the Companion, 
not to touch, foste, nor handle, the 
dangerous thing, Consider, O, 
ypung nan, before you take anoth- 
er drink what you are doing ; think 

of the remorse and sorrow you arc 
heaping up for old age ; think of the 
mother that boi e \ ou, and the fath- 
er whom you are bringing with sor- 
row to the grave. (> , what pain 
and angui ii it moat be to the 

stricken mother to think of her 

child, the tender offspring of her 
own body, who is debauching him- 
self by frequenting the gilded saloon 

: and drinking to excess and then 
being turned out and exposed to the 

| drenching rains and chilling night 
winds ; thus hurrying himself on un- 
prepared to sink into an early 
grave. Well do I remember the 
instructions of my youth ; it is writ- 
ten on the mind with ink indelible, 
and cannot be blotted out ; and 
would to God that it might be pho- 
tographed upon the minds of all 
our readers. 

"My child will not be a drunk- 
ard !" cheering thought ! How it 
swells the heart with emotions too 
big for utterance ! What an anima- 
ting prospect does it open to the 
mind ! Alms-houses, and jails and 
penitentiaries, and state-prisons will 
then stand only as so many monu- 
ments of the vices of an age gone 
by ; and the evils consequent upon 
the use of ardent spirits shall exist 
only upon the historians' pages, as 
so many records of former degen- 
eracy and the errors of mankind." 

"Then slain, oh, shun the enchanted cup ! 

Though now its draught like joy appears, 
Ere long it will be fanned by sighs ; 

And sadly mixed with blood and tears." 

And is there a companion clinging 
to you for support ? then do not be 
deaf to the appeals of love ; think of 
the throbbing of a lifetime that swells 
in her heart, when -he says, faff. 
I.iiii.l drink no mori V Who can pic 
tore the feelings of the young wife, 
when she looks through the dark 
labyrinths of time, and nothing riaea 
to her sight but blackness and dull 
!r ; all her bright hopes are 
blasted; her sun (as it were) has 
Bet never to rise, and all because the 

companion of her ehoioe, and youth 
has betrayed hex trust; and drank 

of the maddening bowl, and hits be- 
come a little lower then the ! 
of the fields. To mob a .me life 

will grow almost an intolerable 
and the alienee, and tolitude 

of the tomb, lie welcomed as the 

where the a/eary might 
ii we must saj , 

* - 1 r .• \ . i Ufa ihonld ■ 

I'" ' » iy ; 

SJld U) I i am, 

If like a wearied dove, 
O'er shoreless oceans driven 

Raise thou thii.e eyes above, 
There's rest for thee in heaven." 

But do you regard neither Mother 
nor wife ? we then entreat you with 
a burning love to think of your de- 
voted country ; it was this heaven 
daring, hell deserving sin, to a great 
extent, that caused it to bleed at al- 
most every pore, and caused many 
a noble young man to fall a victim 
to death on the plains of conflict far 
from his home and kindred, and dra- 
ped our temples in mourning ; when 
they might have been hung around 
with wreathes of flowers. 

When we turn our eves to the 
crimson pages of history, we "see 
mighty nations dead and' dying* all 
from the effects of drunken 
(rod grant that ahis may not be the 
lot of our beloved countrv ; but it is 
greatly to be feared. The convul- 
sions of the sin are gratino- be- 
neath our feet. As we advance in 
art and science the mighty storm 
grows thicker ; we can hear its mut- 
terings, seething and surging as a 
mighty earthquake. Great God\ 
interpose we pray thee, thine own 
eJl-eaving arm ! We believe the day 
is not far distant when we shall be- 
hold the bright and morning star ' 
and the thought that it is near is % 
joyful one !>it all things predict the 
intervening time a dark and thUful 
one. -Abide with us for the day is 
far spent, and the night is at hand ' 
Human nature the workmanship f 
thine own hand is sunk in shame- 
thy WVS are trampled under 
Ihe sin and curse is devouring 
mnant of thv people. '•■ 

Lord we perish." The darkm 
encompassing us around, threatning 
•. Into vhome .-hall 

WC g3, thou hast the .| ;i , 

fl»»J hlV, and we know 
that thy .spirit has stamped ill 
upon the records of eternal 'life 

that "no drunkard shall inherit the 
kingdom of I (llir itmngest 

efforts ate but w. 

Iy low anlj slight as! "we oeu but 
where most we ' 

find in. help but to Bee to th. 

then leave us not without 

arenoe of thv pn 

onus. JAMES \ SI 

_ iw, 




/i.r /.'if ri.Di/iufiioii. 

The .MUalonarj Cause. 

PavT$ teal for the 
When we consider the missionary 
of the Christian Church — the apos- 
tle of the Oentiles — we are compell- 
ed from a knowledge of duty to ad- 
mire his zealous missionary carter. 

rora and instruments of persecutions 
could not swerve him from his duty ; 
he could point to all the instruments 
of torture, and exclaim, "none of 
these things move me, neither count 
1 my life dear unto myself, so that 1 
might finish my couse with joy, and 
the ministry which I have received 
of the Lord Je»us to testify of the 
■1 of the grace of God." Thus 
inspired by the Holy Spirit, and 

It is not onlv for us as sen ant, of with a sense of duty, he led the van 
Christ to admire his great zeal, but of tlie an ". v of tll( -' c ™ss, stormed 
it U our dutj to imbibe and imitate- &e very strongholds of idolatry and 
hi* entire spirit. The same princi- ««»i planted the standard of the 
pie of loyalty to Christ and love to' "oss in the very citadel of the foe, 
man we must | ossess ; and from that till his progress from place to place 
te principle must we rise superior I could be traced, not by blood, as 
elfish indulgence, and be able to eatane diabolical conquests, but by 
appeal to our Belf-sacrificing piety solemn entreaties to forsake satan 
that for us "to live is Christ." Be- , Wlth a11 hl5 pernicious ways, and to 
fore his conversion, in common with g lorif J God in obeying the Truth 

the world, he regarded life as super- 
latively valuable, but he now looked 
on it as comparatively insignificant, 
for he had found an object of far 
greater importance. ThL spirit of 
life's insignificancy was no momen- 
tary impulse. of God, but was the re- 
sult of a sober thought continually 
impressed upon him, and of an en- 

Ded principle gradually ma- 
tured. "Others might copy the ex- 
ample of their fellow-men ; but he 
had risen to the high and holy am- 
bition of copying the example of in- 
carnate perfection — of God manifest 
in the flesh. Others might waste 
their precious time in case, and 
sluth, and worldly indulgence ; but 

j ired to enter into the counsels 
of heaven, to become a co-worker 

icr with God, and instrumen- 
tallv to mingle in the operations of 
alinijihtv love in renewing and bless- 

with unfeigned love. 

In all 

his he- 

roic devotcdness and missionary zeal, 
he accounted himself less than ths 
least of all saints, and only spake of J 
himself as constrained by the love of 
! Christ. Finally, when his mission of] 
' love was soon to end, and his race 
' nearly run, he exultingly exclaimed, \ 
' "I am now ready to be offered, and j 
'. the time of my departure is at hand. 
I have fought a t/ood fight, 1 have 
finished my course, I have kept the ' 
faith ; henceforth there is laid up for 
me a crown of righteousness, which 
the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall | 
give me at that day." This is but a 
slight glimpse into the history of the ; 
apostle Paul, while the other apos- 

tles Were, in many respects, no less ; 
diligent and zealous in the dissemi- j 
nation of the blessed doctrine of! 
Christ. Now we simply ask, for i 
what is all this piety and missionary . 
SgTworid if'aVostote'Stln^ortal | zeal which is not equally obligatory 
-. Others might content them- I °" the Church at the preterit day; 

F 1 n , . r I ha onint nr Itml imnallan and dl- 

answer to 

( Ithen might content them- , 
. with the praise of men ; but j Jhe spmt of bod impelled 
1 to a high distinction of | ™ ctcd them ijbttt it wisini 

pleasing God. others might be 
satisfied with their own personal sal- 
vation — but feeling he had a Savior 
for the world, he panted to go cve- 
rv where, claiming that world for 
Christ — panted to present every 
man perfect in Chri.-t Jesus, — tra 
vailed in birth for the regeneration 
of the human race." All the tcr- 

earnest, united, and persevering 

prayer, — and is the throne of grace 
aible to us than it was to 
them '.' It is said that zeal for the 
glory of Christ incited them ; but 
arc we less indebted to redeeming 
love than they ? We do not hope 
for less than eternal life, and did 
ipect more '.' /.< not the , 

spirit saying to the Church now, by 

the voice of Scripture, and the 
movements of Providence, as dis- 
tinctly as to the church at Antioch, 
"Separate unto me a Paul and a 
Barnabas V Most certainly ; and 
the Church is positively inexcusable 
for neglecting the missionary cause. 

Winn we 6urvey the wondrous cross, 
On which the Prince of glory died ; 

Why not to timely action rouse, 
And sound the trumpet far and wide? 

New Enterprise, Pa. 

To be continued. 

m » 

For Companion 
The Shadows are lengthening. 

As evening appoaches, and the 
sun sinks to rest the shadows on the 
hilltops and in the valleys stretch 
away toward the East. Even si- 
lence and shade point with a true 
index toward the advance of night, 
for with long arms outstretched they 
seem to sav. behold the night Com- 
eth ! 

Perhaps the silver bloom of age 
is beginning to cause remark, and 
those who were children when you 
were, and who grew to maturity 
with you, say in their careless 
thoughtless way, "why you are 
growing old already," — "it seems 
but yesterday since we glided down 
the hill on our e'leds or played hide 
and seek in the old barn together," 
but alas the shadows are length- 
ening ! 

The ceaseless roll of years is over- 
throwing thrones, empires tyranny 
and oppression. The days of many 
a power on earth are numbred, 
and the old systems are crumbling 
before the march of intellect. The 
sun that rose in glory over ancient 
Rome, now lengthens her shadows 
as she sinks in eternal night. 

"Coming events cast their shad- 
ows before them," and even now 
the chill falls on our hearts, and 
our blood runs cold as the fore* 
shadowing of trouble to the faith- 
ful looms up in the future. Soldier 
of the Cross gird on your armor 

"The conflict is coining, 'mill lie fearful and 

Every passing event marks the 
hour in Tune's great horobge and 
now the day is far spent and it is 
well nigh eventide, — watch there-, 





fore that you fall not into tempta- 
tin, neither fail when the trial hour 

Ah ! the shadows are lengthening 
and the time of our redemption 
draweth near. Look up then sor- 
rowing ones of ear^h for the day of 
the Lord is at hand. 

Valley Farm, W. Pa. 

LOCAL MATTERS, because Christ wore clothes just as 

other people did. It means, broth- 
er, that we are to adopt a plain neat 
; dress, without affectation, and suit- 
ed to oui convenience, and also com- 
Broiher Hohinger ; I think that fort, and then not to change every 
many of our brethren and sisters time the Cable brings news from 

Tyrone City, Pa., April 2, 1867. 




put too much stress on the wearing Paris of a change in cut, ruffle, or 
of apparel. Some sisters are all the something, following the fashions of 
time talking about a certain kind of the world. It means hanging on 
caps. Why not drop it ? The Bi- gaudy appendages, jewelery, for dis- 
On Forgiveness. ble teaches that a covering should play, &c, also following the world 
In the latter part of the 18th be worn, but a bonnet, a hood, &c, in it3 sins and delusions, 
zhapter of St. Mathew, we find the is a covering. Why not educate Now, brother, we do not differ in 
kingdom of heaven likened unto a the Heart, which is " desperately i opinion as to what we ought to do 
certain kin-* which would take ac- wicked," and show our love for Je- , in the very short time that we have 
count of his servants. This king is ' sus in works. Wear plain apparel, to do it in, but let us not deceive 
our Lord ; we are his servents. In ) but not odd. Now let us look at ' ourselves and expect our great 
our sinful nature we were greatly ' this plainly and see if Jesus dressed righteousness to save us. It is the 
indebted to him. At a certain time ' different from the world in his day. grace of Jesus Christ that will save 
our Lord came to reckon with us , He wore a long loose gown ; sandals ( us. Hearken, repent, believe, and 
aud we were extremely in debt and J on his feet, and probably a Turban be baptised, every one of you, and 
had nothing wherewith to pay. i on his head, as is the custom in all j you shall be saved. The carnal 
Now he demands sacrifice to be oriental countries. Religion is not mind is enmity against God. No- 
made. We must be sold ; and all in the clothing. And is it not inju- tice, it is a noun, and not even an 
we have, and pavment be made ;! rious to the cause of Christ to dress adjective. Also, if you are guilty 
and how arc we to* get this accom- ' odd ; for instance : the brethren wear of the least jot or tittle, you are guil- 
plished ? Ten thousnd talents are round coats and broad rimmed hats, ty of the whole. Also, the man that 
demanded and we are not in posses- and the sisters wear a tight cap — says he sins not, is a liar and the 
ion of one. What '-snow to be done? which as you know is odd from the truth is not in him. The soul that 
Our debt so gieat! We have wan- dress of other christians (except the sinreth it shall die. Then what do 
dered far from our Father's house Quakers and Meliorates) — and the we learn from this ? We learn that 
and squandered all our living, and christians being mocked and laugh- 1 all glory must be given to the Great 
are indebted ten thousand talents, ed at more or less, who go dressed 
We do not wish to be sold and our odd — in this way, the young are loth 
family too ; we want to be free as to embrace our doctrine, vvhile they 
Christ maketh free ; but how shall swarm to Methodism, fee., &c. 
we escape the penalty ? We resolve Now brother, 1 have been a strict 
to fall at his feet, implore his mercy observer of this point, and the facts 

that he will have patience with us. I deduce from it, are, that if they first wad a natural son, the other a 

Knowing our desire he accepted I ur (the brethren) would dress plainly, spiritual one. Mr. Legality, expects 

will lor the deed, and through our instead of odd or different from their his good works to save him. faiM 

obQdience to Christ he forgave the neighbor!, the young would fly to gajl he expects grace t-avchim, 

whole debt. Consequently, now we our banners by hundred-. You may the grace of our Lord and 8 

must possess that forgiving mind to- say that with you the young do flock Jesus Christ. So God lias not told 

ward one another and not act the in. 1 know with you more do !,e- you to work out your salvation by 

part of that wicked servant who was cause in some placet ill lVuua. they good works, but he lias said. W W< ra 

delivered to the tormentors because nearly all belong to the brethren; out your own | nil ati.m with fear and 

he would not forgive ai he was lor- bat then recollect that dosena of oth- trembling, tor it is t;,,,i thai work 

given; for ai Uod through Christ erifcatethave but few of our members, eth in you to will and to do of his 

ive us, bo likewise mould we and the inflaenoes of other doctrines good pleasw 

about them, or about the YOUng in Why M it that the Qeo tiles who 

general, and tic;, cannot see why followed not after right* .have 

we dress different from other church- attained unto righteousness, when 

es, when the Biblfl does not teil us hrael who followed after ri^L: 

to do so. You may say it teaches mm hash ad attained, i 

us, though, not to follow the fash- became thej sought it not by faith, 

ion "i the world. Well we moat bothy the wotsosofthe Law. Let 

talM the right meaning of the order, us give all the glory to God (he 

6rW, the Holy Ghunt, and Jesus 
Vftrint, for saving us. For in-tance 
take Abraham's sons, l.-hiiiael and 
[saao. Pan] has told us that the 
first was born after the _(/.*/,. and 
the second after the spfrtr. The 

forgive our brothers and sistei - and 
all fellow men, For it' we forgive 
them not our Lord will adjust unto 
us our former sins, and deliver bi to 
the tormentors until we pay all 

that was due. 

Honty Qrovi Pa. 


« loJS/» 






Fath< tii.l Holy < i host ; then 

Christ will give you good *rorka 

enough. His spirit \\\\\ work in v<jii 
t<> will ami to '1" offoit good pleas- 
ure, :uul will make you holy ami 
perft "He not entangled by the 

yoke of bondage, for you are not 
andeT the Law but under grace." 

blng in my hands I bring, 
• iv lo ihj cross I clinir." ' 

.1. 8. LAWVER. 
South Pa**, III. 

Brother Hoftingrr .—This Church 
was organised (i i the Cold Water 
Church, Iowa,) eleven years ago. 
Brother 1'. Moss was our minister, 
and had the oversight over a small 
band of brethren and sisters at that i 
time ; hut in a few years the Lord i 
called him away hy death ; and the j 
little band of brethren was left as a 
flock without a shepherd, for some 
time ; but through the grace of God I 
and the prayers of the Church, we 
were again blessed with ministers, 
some that came to our assistance, 
and have since gone to other parts 
of the country to assist others, while 
others were chosen to the ministry, 
and preside over the church at this 
time. So the ark of the Lord ha3 
moved slowly but steadily, along. 
So we have increased to about the 
number of seventy members, and at 
this time three speakers, two in the 
second and the other in the first de- 
gree in the ministry ; and five dea 
cons. Our church is extended over 
a large territory, some three or four 
counties, which makes over one hun- 
dred miles travel to attend our ap- 
pointments, in going once around to 
different parts of our Church. 

- 1 would say in the conclusion, 
brethren, that travel through Iowa, 
make this one of your stopping pla- 
i neourage us in the work of 
salvation ; and labor to convince 
the sinner to the truth as it 
is in Christ Jesus. There are 
thousands in tin- Western country, 
that arc strangers to the covenant 
. and have never heard the 
I preached as we believe it 
r at least have never obey- 
ed the commands in all thin 
they are left upon record for OS. 

/ " ■: Spring*, wvmi. 

A Canard. 

The letter and " appeal," which 
will be found below, should have ap- 
peared sooner, but slipped our notice 
for some time. A few such imposi- 
tions from our would be political 
friends will have a tendency to con- 
firm us in our anti-voting principles. 
The circular in its form, style of 
printing, paper, and all about it, 
bears the impress of counterfeit ; 
and yet we learn that even some of 
our Brethren, who have the Detector 
in then houses, in some of the South- 
ern counties of this State, were 
duped by this vile forgery, and even 
engaged in circulating it. May we 
not hope that their consciences will 
lead them to make a public confes- 

First read the "appeal," and pass 
your judgment, before reading broth- 
er Miller's letter, and see if you 
could have detected the counterfeit. 

To Tin; Brethren in Penna.: 

The undersigned, members of tho 
denomination of Christians known as 
Dunker Brethren, would respectfully 
address their brethren in Pennsyl- 
vania in the interests of peace and 
brotherly kindness. We reside in 
Hockingham county, Virginia, and 
though perhaps, unknown to you we 
would ask you to hear us. We al- 
ways were Union men and wanted 
to see the old flag triumphant. But 
we thought when the war would be 
over and the Union army triumphant, 
we would be back in the Union and 
at peace with the people in the 
North. It seems, however, that 
such is not the case. We are still 
out of the Union, and Oh ! the suf- 
Pering and mi-ery of this people ! 
If you could but behold it, you 
would never, never support a policy 
which is so cruel and unjust. We 
are no politicians! Heaven forbid 
that ire should he! But we desire 

peace, and brotherly low. and re- 
union. We cannot live without 
Will you deny us these 

blessings? We are innocent of the 
blood of your people, yet we are 
made to suffer. Have we not suffer- 
ed enough, and has not the whole 
South been dreadfully punished ? 
Hence we would appeal to you to 
vote against the Radicals, or if 
your party ties are too strong, not 
to vote at all. If you love us as we 
love our brethren everywhere you 
will not be deaf to this appeal ! 
Far.wcll ! ! 

RocJdnqhamCo., V a .,Sept. 22,'66. 

Brother Henry ; I w ill inclose an 
appeal, as you see in this letter, and 
I want yon if you please to publish 
the contents. And further tell the 
Brotherhood that we have no such 
brethren in our county, by those 
names that are signed to that ap- 
peal ; with the one exception. — 
There is a brother by the name of 
John C Miller, but we are satisfied 
that he had no hand in that matter. 
But as for the other three names, I 
could not find out by inquiry by 
many brethren. So we are satisfied 
that the thing was made up outside 
of the Brotherhood to have its 
bearing with the Brethren in Somer- 
set county, Penna. As we hear 
that some of the brethren have found 
fault with us in this matter, we want 
them to know that we Brethren had 
no hand in the matter whatever. 
Green Mt., Va. 

• > 

Answer lo brother II unsaker'a 
Queries. Present VoI.,I»uge 108. 

Query 3. "Is the Church the 
Bride or the Lamb's Wife ?" 

Inasmuch as the .narable is de- 
signed to illustrate the coming of 
Christ, or gathering his elect, or 
saints, or church, which is termed 
the coming of the Bridegroom, I 
would say, comparatively B] leaking, 
to take his wife home, and not his 

Query 4. "Can the wise virgins 
he the same as the church?" 

The church is composed of wise 
and foolish virgins, which constitute 
the Lamb's Wife. The marriage 




|^ takes place when th 
*' -^ made to live true a 



e covenant is j copy, and a large amount of other 
and faithful to ( stereotype plates and meterial made 
God through Christ until death a norrow escape from being destoy- 
Rom. 7 : 4° Paul says "I speak to \ ed. But fortunately our work was 
them that know the law," &o, iUua- saved. We still hope to have the 
trating the Church as man and wife. I books ready for circulation in the 
"Wherefore my brethren ye also be- J fore part of April. We would now 
dead to the law, by the body I say to our brethren, you may send 
of Christ, that ye should be married in your orders, which you will please 
to another, even to him who is raised j accompany with the money, and 
from the dead." The wise virgins they will be promptly filled as soon 
are those who are entirely dead to j as possible. We have a pretty 
law, hence are married to Christ large edition under contract, but as 
out of a motive of love ; nothing will I we cannot tell the amount that may 
do them, but bear what the Bride- be wanted to meet the first demand 
groom says, and do it. The foolish we shall take the preparatory steps 
are such as have been married to j for getting out another edition im 
Christ, but not entirely dead to the , mediately if it is necessary, ci hence 
law; there are other things that it is desirable to hear from the 
they love more than they should. — churches and to ascertain what num- 
No\v, comparatively speaking, the ' ber may be wanted. In this way 
Bridegroom comes to take his wife all who may want books may be 
home, and of course all that claim ' supplied in a short time, 
the disciplcship will go out to meet ] As much of the responsibility in 

him. Now the wise will go in (com- 
paratively) to the infare, which will 
last a thousand years. The foolish 
will not be admitted, not having 
love or oil enough. 

Nov, in my estimation, the peo- 

preparing the work, and all the re- 
sponsibilty in furnishing funds for 
getting it out has fallen upon us, 
we hope the brethren will appreciate 
j our position and assist in circulat- 
i ing the book. The amount of 

pie have been marrying and giving money necessary to get the book 
in marrirge since the Church of the j out is considerable, and the expenses 
living Cod was organized. Wise had to be met as the work advan- 
and foolish have been married and eed. As far as the sheets from the 

press have been examined, the type 

be long until and appearance of the work have 

come to take been admired, and it is hoped the 

his wife home, and separate the wise book will give general satisfaction 

jnven in marriage. 

I think it will not 
the Bridegroom will 

and foolish ; this is the first resur- 
rection. My heart's desire and pray- 
er to God is that all may be wise, 
hear what he says and do it. Now 
something like this is the l<"-t I can 
give at present concerning the par- 

May God grant us clear concep- 
tions of hia will, 


ElDora<l>, Pa. 

| Kv tti quoit.] 
Tin- \i'W ll.Timi BOOk. 

We are ".lad we ■ an say to our 
brethren the work on tho 

Hymn Hooks is ] rogr< sing 

It will contain about eight hundred 
hymns, and betwen live and six bun- 
dled pages, yet not too large to be 
convenient, a- the paper will be fine 
and the book well finished. When 
the size of the book, the quality of 
tho paper fco., are taken into con- 
sideration, the book, at the price W8 

pro] to sellit,i.-> cheaper than the 

old one. Owing to thedtffereni 
and \ i the brethren, we are 

• t'i know what Style of bind- 


however in this in others 

will do the betl our judgment will 

i. it enable us to do, \\ e propose to 

a tin' basing occurred in the astab- get th up at first in three 

lishmeiit in which the tore "typing styles of binding, the plain 

is being done, tlic moth has been the plain .. ,.-, ana l • extra 

hindrcd ft little. Our plates as far finished arabesque. They will all 

as they Were completed, with our look well, and be well got up, but 

the last two will contain a little 
better paper than the first and upon 
the whole will make a better appear- 
ance, and be a little better book. 
None of these styles have gilt e 
For the price of these different styles 
and other particulars see noti:c on 
the cover. — Visitor. 

The following Is from the cover of the Vis- 
itor, referred to above. 



(Containing between live and six hundred 
paces, and about eigh'. hundred hymn*.) 

The New Hymn Book will be ready for sale 

in i few weeks, and orders are solicited. 

Sheep binding plain, single, .75 

per dozen 7.25 

Arabesque plaiu " .135 

P<t dozen 8.00 

Arabesque, ournished edge, extra finish 1.00 

per dozen 9.00 

Sent by mail prepaid at the retail price. 

When ordered by the dozeu, add $1.25 per 
doznn for postage. 

When several dozen are wanted, It ia best 
la nave them boxed, a box containing five 
OF Biz dozen will cost about fifty cents." This 
should be added. Bocks sent in this wav 
should be sent by Express. Express charges 
paid at the ollice to which books are 

Give plain direction In what wav books are 
to be sent, and to what ofHce. 

All remittances of any considerable amount 
should be sent by Express, Draft, or postal 
money order. Remittance for books at the 
risk of the sender. 


Covington, Miami Co., Ohio. 

District Meetings. 

Hr.ther Henry, i I am authorized 
by the brethren of the Plum < 
branch, Armstrong Co., Pa,, to. 
give notice, through the Companion, 
to all the churches comj 
Western Distrfcl of Pennsylvania, 
and the ministering brethren gener- 
ally, that a District Meeting will bo 
held the Lord willing, in the Plum 
<'reek meetinghouse, on Monday, 
May -J7, 1867, and it is hoped that 
ALL t/h BAttfWrWl will favor tin* meet- 
ing with delegates in person. 

Yours in the love of Jesus. 
• I 1. ' n\ 
Xnr> Geneva, P t, 

I'. 8. W.ll the Brethren in 

known a- •• Rah 
it I •• K< 
inform as whether they ba\ 
k, Distrioted in \ irginit 


"ill they !,. ct u^ 
"i c. oineil on the 'JTtb 
in AriusM I \\ 







S or their ■iaiiiering hrrthrcn, inform 
\,\ a i riv us Utter as to what 
thej dfflire, as soon as they can ob- 
tain a i>r<>j,er result. Address as 
al'nvc. J- I- C. 

The Bret nrrn'sXcw II j inn Books 

May now be ordered, though we do 
not expect to be able to suppy them 
much prior to the first of May. We 
have the promise of thera as soon as 
they are printed and bound, and the 
publishers expect them to be ready 
by the middle of April. We give 
below a list of prices at- which they 
may be ordered from us. In all 
cases the money must accompany 
the order, and tho name of person 
post office, County, and State must 
be plainly given. 

Where 1 or 2 dozen are wanted, 
in places adjacent to Railroads, they 
may be sent cheaper by express. 


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In the Elk Creek branch. Somerset Co., 
Pa.; Feb. 1st, Elder J AMES KELSO, 8r., of a 
pain in bis left side, which he contracted 
while on a tour to the State of Ohio, some 30 
years ago. It seems he was not entirely rid 
of said pain until it finally terminated in 
death, at the advanced age of 79 years and 15 
days. The deceased was a consistent mem- 
ber of the Church for upwards of fifty years. 
He was known by a great many brethren and 
sisters both East and West of the mountains. 
There are perhaps at this time, few of our 
brcthreu in the inimety who have traveled 
more, aud who have labored more zealously 
for the cause of their Master than the subject 
of this notice. A record found among some 
of bis papers, shows that he was elected to 
the ministry at the age of 28 years and 10 
months. From that time on ho labored more 
or less in his ministerial functions until near- 
ly the close of his earthly life; also that he 
was ordained in the year 1854. For th" satis- 
faction of tho«o who knew him, we would say, 
that his mind was not much aflected, espe- 
cially not in his prayers. The latter part of 
his life was spent in reading, meditation, and 
prayers. So wc may truly say he died in the 
full hope of a blessed immortality. On the 
3rd, his remains were taken in the Brethren's 
meeting-house, near Salisbury, where the oc- 
casion was improved, by his request, by the 
v iter, from 2 Cor. 5 : 1, to a large and atten- 

ftj congregation. C. G. Lint. 

In Union ( li -nter. Near New Paris, Elkhart 
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Number 15. 

For the Companion. 
The Works of our Creator. 

Thy powerful works, O, Lord, 
Arc marvelous in our eyes; 

Thou hast cn-iit<-d with thy word, 
The earth, the sea, and 6kies. 

The foaming waves that roll, 

Acros-s the briny deep : 
Thy mighty power doth control, 

And In their bounds they keep. 

The 6un that rules the day, 
The moon and stars sublime, 

With one accord thy voice obey, 
And heed thy power divine. 

How should we mortals then, 

That bear thy iruace dear ; 
B-jhol 1 that we are dyint? men, 

And thy treat nam*; r:vere, 


the Compmion. 
A Letter to a Brother. 

Your missive of a date long ago 
contains much that is valuable, an 1 
is quite creditable to your attain- 
ments in biblical lore. But I am 
to find that you are led away 
by the conclusions of those who have 
the hardihood to fix the lime of the 

Becond coming of "tho Sr.nofMan." 

Your of 1 Pet. 1 : 10 — 13. 

dees violence to the ap repre- 

sentation. The prophet-) "inquired 
and searched diligently," li 
the ( *salvati ft" which Peter told 
then was theirs by "faith:"' and, 
secondly, of the •• dmanner 

of time, tin.' Spirit of Christ which 
was in them did »ignifj " : 
it. What did the Prophets took lor? 
Docs not the whole Btblefc itify tint 
it was the glorious event of the seed 
of the woman bruising the serpents 
. and the blessed results thai 
would follow such an achievement? 
Bven 10. In other words, it was 
the incarnation of Deity, and the 
wondrous woi I in and 

loh an inxMnprehen 
.it. i' was the salvat 
from the cur e by 
in, it. if.- i in the Oeeh :" of which 
"salvation" the "Prophets have in 
mtin d t and ^< ar( '■ ■ tntly. u — 

When Christ was incarnate, but not 
yet bora, i>ut was hare anticip 

ly through his new-born Harbinger, 
"Zacharias was filled with the Holy 
Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Moss- 
ed be the Lord God ui Israel ; for 
he hath visited and redeemed his 
people. And hath raised up an horn 
of salvation for us, in the house of 
his servant David ; as He spake by 
the mouth of his holy Prophets, 
which have been since the world be- 
gan." This salvation and these 
Prophets, are the same of which Pe- 
ter writes, and the "time and man- 
ner of time,"' as a matter, is 
clearly restricted to the assumption 
of human nature, bv "the S 
God." "The glorv that should fol- 
low" does in no wise relate to any 
specific point of time, but has refer- 
ence to the glory that results from 
the fulfilment of "the promise unto 
the fathers," independent of ana di- 
m» of time through which it is 
tn continue. When Christ was born 
the "heavenly host," who desire to 

looW infrt tliv tftxnga rafcvtttl >,liiv.ll 

Peter wrote, chanted this very glo- 
ry which should follow his incarna- 
tion, and bis "suffering*' as the in- 

le and predestined c 
queue-'. "On earth 

peace, good will towards men." — 
This is the ealvation of which "the 
proph< inquired and 

od diligently." When Christ was 
brought into the temple, and - 

the Holy 
t, he took the Divine 
in hi« arm-, and blei I, and 

.aid mine eyes hs 

'it m lighten 
tiles, an ! ' ' ' 

rael." T which Bi 

and the "light," and "glon " 
of wbioh lie 

-trail • and 

with refei which the i 


that the I 

ally • py that 


Christ," spoken of in the 13th verse. 
No specific application of time can 

he> mn.lp r.A thfi glorv that folbwed, 

save at its commencement. It fol- 
lows something, and must therefore 
have a beginning, as in its relation 
to us, or the for m in which it will be 
available to salvation. Christ had 
"glory with the Father before the 
world was." But it must become 
incarnate. God cannot undeify 
Himself. When he was cone 
lie was as glorious as when A He as- 
cended up on high, and led captivity 
captive.'''' God is as glorious at ono 
time as at another, but doe- 
manijist His glory with equal efful- 
gence at all tit::- s. God can neith- 
er be more or less than He is, or he 
be God. Man may lose 
a limb and still be man. Amputa- 
tion removes a member of his I 
but n>>{ a hie nature.— 

So God can be '-manifest in the 

without detracting one iota 
rruui uu ttsbtjuum giury. wn. 

very God, was as glorious during 
the nine months of incarceration in 
prison, as lie is now on 
the Throne of the Universe, ile 
in the fleeh, which 
would be utterly impossible if he 
the glory which dis- 
bim a 
could laj asid tnnsio element 

i>\' his nature. hr would no 1 
m. but something of win, 
cannot possibly form a just concep- 
tion. The incarnation of Lbs 9 
wild Person in the Trinity, was ii 't 
. of his gl * a dunk- 

ing of t':i<- itu. 

it. i '.i\i as 

in© to 
in in hi- ill 

in the 
m bis 

was BU »\er in 



— niww«M n ic mm 



■ not gc ' being on their 

is its generation death-beds, respecting the effect 

on the development of the uqpon their minds of we announce- 

organization through which it \ at that they moat 'lie, or that 

aifested ; hut was an clement of they can recover ; and have never 

Bis eternal, essential Being. All • met one who when apprehensivi 

at has followed since his i the fatal termination 01 his malady, 

at tho right hand of the and yet not willing to give himself 

in the Heavens, and that to Christ, did not, in some sense, 

which will bre: i with over rega/d the supposed certainty of his 

Lie will ■< - •• .7 a license to continues 
return hi-* Bride into his (while longer in sin. I sneak of 

B, is all com- such only who were indifferent to the 
in the words of the Apostle i Divine Glory previous to thsir ill- 
Peter. The time of which the ! ness. All uninspired calculations 
"Prophets inquired," and alluded or rather speculations, as to the pre* 

be con- cise time of Christ's second advent, 

d to a point in ■•the glory I havo hardoncd the ungodly world, 

thai low," without arroga- j a patient is made indifferent and 

ting a liberty which no one can ex- skeptical, who has been often told 

rd to himself and j that his end is nigh, and yet al- 

the interests of the Church of God. \ ways recover*. The date of Christ's 

The*oth to which you coining lias often been anounccd by 

have referred, Jand from which you the most learned men, and the time 

think you derive confirmation of of the ennsumation of all things pre- 

vour views, 1 will not comment up- ; dieted with all the assurance of in- 

the principle of interpretation Bpiration. But time proved them 

to which I have adhered in the ex- liars. The event has falsified the 

dtion of Peter's language, applies prognostications. This, however, 

to them all. I will undertake to does not lessen the confidence of 

hat the announcement of the j modern interpret* The press 

time, in *. '< f, would | teems with productions, written with 


tea I 

ne pui i ,i.m... !.;. 

as < to authors has been 

• 1 with a voluptuary to follow 
it, and at the same time < 

revealed the 

dead shall be raised, that 

there will be two iransla/i'," 

astronomically, but all of tliem are a 
perfect nullity as to the specific ob- 
ject for which they were written. 
With refen p-aud purpose 

of their issue they are utterly desti- 
tute of that which can alone' L r ive 
them authority— "THUS SAITH 
THE LORD.* The injunction is 
• ready?'- amd the reason as- 
.' the S<m of man cof&eth 
at an hour when ye think not." 
those who labor to prove the contra- 
ry do so at their peril. When the 
close of life approaches, we have 
every marked premonition of the 
solemn crisis ; but the hour we know 
not. So the signs of the times fore- 
shadow the great day of God al- 
mighty but designate neither the 
day nor the hour. '"Watch there- 
fore ; for ye know not what hour 
your Lord doth come." 

Union Deposit. Pa. 

For the Companion. 
Response to brother A. I.eedj/. Jr. 

' ; WUl we not be held responsible 
for not doing what wc have in our 
er to do/" 

Most certainly wo will; for "The 
servant that Wnr>w«th hi* Maotor's 
time will and dcelh it not. will he heaten 


him. i mtJiorUy, that his saints, what lenghth of time will in- 

Dged to the ago of tervene between tji turn of the 

Methuselah. There is a perfect ad- saints to meet the Lord in the air, 

aptation of the Divine Revelation to and their descent with the Bride- 

the psychical constitution of man, (/room at Jerusalem, in Palestine 

that no one should for a moment and a variety of other solemnities 

allow the thought that any thing is too numerous to mention. I have 

found e found in the word read inanv such works and have 

seen their most distinguished au- 
. but never read one that soun- 
ded like a revelation from Ji> 
and never saw an author that looked 
bellionag d,and like a man sent from God. They j the Gospel, aad to enable them to 

;ard the of the Holy do, not write like prophets, they do j do BO bj furnishing means seems to 

M the word, which ever not speak like prophets, they do not j be an unheard of thing, and hence 

of God, whose inevitable tendency 
is to make void the promises and 
threats of Jehovah, and which holds 
out an inducement to the sinner to 

with many stripes." But, dear 
brother, there are yet many breth- 
ren like yon were three years ago, 
who in sincerity of heart, object and 
Oppose anything that is brought 
forth under the caption of " Mission 
ary," because it is a new word in 
the vocabularv of the Brethren; 
and the Christian world has made 
mdise of the word of God by 
their missionary scheme, so that the 
very idea has become revolting to 
many brethren. 

To S( brethren to preach 


limits the time to ")W — '■'■today' look like prophets. n)r do they live 

affect like prophets. Their is not the 

r of designating the shadow of a shade of the prophetic 

(tme of his removal by death, with clement' rn their writings, and, if 

l but a / ile, there is less of it in their 

mankind, in relati S oe of their works 

extensive are great <;ly, some arc 

inquiry of those who wore, or re- philosophically, and some are 

the objection. Therefore, brethren 
will have to be convinced from the 
Scripture, that it is required. 

Time was ivhen brethren, for pru- 
dence sake, did not let the world 
know their non-conformity, non-re- 
sistant, and non-sweaiing principles ; 
well knowing what they had suffered 



U0^T<3g^— . 



fipf^s?* — 



in the old country on account of and then by so small a number?" 

those principles ; hence the cust >ra May not the answer be ; The 

of laying those question.? before the ground may not have been prepared 

candidate privately, and to this day for the reception of the seed; then 

it is thought wrong for brethren to little patches only being cultivated 

do otherwise, though we had to de- here and there, and laborers engaged 

clare this our faith before Magis- in sufficient numbers. The great 
trates and Governors, and now can 
preach the same from the boa 
without fear of molescatioji. This 
was not the case when old brother 

Lawsha moved to New Jersey, tage ; 

and the reaper shall be filled, 
the sluggard mail be in want. 

In the bonds of Christian affec- 
tion. Yours, 



husbandman having brought about 
a renovation, and made susceptible 

his field to bring forth an abundant 
harvest. The enemy takes ad van- 1 2:1, a. 5 


The (iootlucss of CiotJ. 
"And you bath \.t 
dead ii; 

Mr up together, an I nil- m Bit ... • 
places iu CUri 

how industriously is he en- ; Let us consider the goodr^s of 

when he was warned by one of the gaged to occupy the whole ground , God toward us, that when we * 

popular clergy not to come there with his pernicious seed ; though he ; dead in trespasses and sins he ha'h 

with his doctrine of heresay to was once busily engaged to lull and called and quickened us unto a 

cause disturbance in his church. destroy the preachers of the Gospel, ; Hf 8 even a life in Christ J rt -u- b^ 

Time was when brethren would now ho sends them out by scores j t r tten of the spirit of God. which 

not go beyond the boundaries of and hundreds to preach a garbled spirit will lead us directly to all the 

their district without a ca <l. Though Gospel. Though he once tried to duties we owe to God and 1 

''all things were lawful for them, abdicate or kill tiic inventors of the | v ,e but 

yet all tilings were uot expedient." printing press, now he 

When the present generation of them, and sends out, by the millions, 

Brethren looks baek upon the Broth- his foul sheets to poison even the 

erhood of former years, one part of air, a< it were. All — all to scop 

keep our carnal mture in 
bondage, under the control of 
spirit, and quench not t in 

its office, then it is chat we can meet 
and sit together in 

i : o-«.__ .... 

them are filled with awe and rover- the efficacy of the true word of God. )iavihg 0Uf f 

ence, and would not be willing to Why then should we stand idle ? ; j a our i iear ^ and Chi 
change one iota, especially in re- ' Whj not double our diligence, and aotions. Then when 'we i 
gard to ministerial labor and cus- come forth in the strength of the 
torn, though some nice traits of Lord ! 

all our 
we no 

I worship God we 

ither ia heavenly plac 
character in the private walk of lite Another view of the subject calls we mee | tj celebrate the 
have been changed long ago. An- for redoubled energies. Satan ia | Supper, ail surrounding one common 

board, we are ma I 
heavenly places in u, en- 

joying a heavenly feast : a fori 

We now look over the length and under the banner of King Emanuel ^J^^' " ' *' " 
breadth of thi3 continent, and sec a go forth with renewed seal in their 

character in the private walk of life 
have been changed long ago. An- 
other part would fain charge the 
fathers with narro wues.s of mind, 
and a consequent failing in the dis- 
charge of their duties. 

Another view of the subject calls 
for redoubled energies. Satan is 
the prince of darkness, and he tries 
to enlarge his dominions by everv 
scheme at his command. Why 
should not those who have enlisted 

go iorm wim renewed zeal in 
groat harvest. Our duty is to go Master's eause ! An 1 if all can not 
and preach. "But how Khali we rally forth sigh sword in hand to 
preach without being .sent ':'' And fight the 1 if our King let all 

who shall send us! Brother Wi i helping hand. As on 

has answered the question. Bnt our Governors said : "We not only 
who shall furnish the means \ Von. want soldiers to light our butt! 
brother Leedy, have a | that we also need money and mes 

part But "Who believes the re- sustain them that do fight; and if 
port! any^ there be that bave no mo 

But, after all that has been said, let them knit Books and mil 
[Uestion presents itself: Why addhTanj cannot do either let them 
Should there be SO nmeh great.- is and BUplicationS to 

I ..11 >sU." 
Thu etkren, v, <_• shall be 

with Christ J 

Dl l.I.-n oi I .-• ii.. i . in- :i i,i, v i(b U.i- 

preaeh bus Word ia Asia," & .- mingfij uries. 

And another question i. 
• ■I : M W hj -...• Gospel .i . 

preached on tl r the boor in whieh I 

^) l"iiity, until tfa meth." Uoth I 

used on the part of the 
Brethren at this time i ] 
tiun of br oomc in 

forbidden of the Holy Ghe 
preaeh the Word in A 

we do | 
the fruit of it is love, j 
faith, me temperan 

by tins we may know wh 
are the ehihh 


— •» - 
. V I I 
in a Sab'. 
"How soon a child should 

heart : 



At length th< 

Aim at 







The Ml»»ioiiar> Cauie. 

( ii ai- 1 i:h hi. 
The iuign of the attention of the 

In taking a glance at many ot the 
prominent societies, termed chris- 
tian denominations, we pereeive that 
they are all very energetic in tlie 
Missionary* Cause. They have es- 
tablished very useful publishin 
cieties, out of which they issue thou- 
of copies of the Bible in al- 
most every language of established 
usage. These copies are diffused 
throughout every dcpaitment of the 
globe and generally followed by j 
self-sacrificing Missionaries. Nom 
it these missionary ministers were | 
not all more or less governed 

creeds and disciplines of their re- 
spective denominations, we would 
hail all such movements with the 
greatest satisfaction. But we are 
very BOrry to know that the great- 
er portion of such associations are 

toms of hope, that all nations will 
be blessed with the "power of God 
unto salvation," without any efforts 
on her part ? We do not believe 
With the present popular opinions of 
the various classes of professors, that 
the Millennial Era must be ushered 
in by the entire conversion of the 
world, but our opinion is that the 
D of the extension of the gos- 
pel will he that all nations must have 
an opportunity to receive the u 
and that word followed by ministers 
sent by the true Church. '*€ 
therefore and teach all nations,'* has 
no limited signification, but extends 
throughout the entire globe, wherev- 
er nations, or immortal creatures 

be to set limits to the economy of 
grace, and bring us to the painful 
and rebellious position of fighting 

against the universal means of sal 

vation. None should be tempted to 

believe that the christian church has 

exhausted its energies in its first 

days, and never expect them to be 

. repeated in our da v. The davs of 
moved by sinister motives, either of ,. '.,.«', 

' L ot extraordinary natural miracles 

a sensual or pecuniary nature. 
Hence, Satan, as an active secret 
agent, transforms himself into an 
angel of light and frustrates the 
prime objects such movements should 
accomplish. But, the abuse of such 
an enterprise should never set aside 
the enterprise itself. If we come to 
such conclusions we err most excess- 
ively, for avc find no commands with- 
in the Sacred pages of the Bible, 
that are more explicitly and of much 
more frequent occurrence than that 
of diffusing the gospel throughout 
the world. These missionary enter- 
- may accomplish much good 
tupid practices of 
idolatry, and opening a way to mor- 
ality and civilization, for wherever 
the go. pel re;'. elevating in 

fluenec will bring about I 
advance of human welfare in 
material interest-. But were they 
accompanied with the "power of 
God unto salvation," what B 

oankind and the world in g 
al, would realize ! Now, is the 
Church doing her duty in looking on 
all those things with indiil'e: 

embracing the delusive phan- 

n reat 
all its 


Spirit is still within the church, 
"convincing the world ofsin," — and 
the Savior's premise of co-operation 
and spiritual presence still contin- 
even to the end of the world!" 
What more does the church desire 
as an incentive to missionary ef- 
forts ? Perhaps we can offer some 
further inducements in the next chap- 

S. B. FURfcY. 
New Enterprise, Pa. 

To be Continued . 

m m 

For Companion 
The Missionary Cause, 

That some general plan is neces- 
sary to preach the gospel beyond 
To presume different would | the present limits of our Church, no 

one can fail to see ; to put on foot 
and carry out an enterprise of such 
magnitude, it is necessary to have 
rules and regulations ; I mean sys- 
tem, that will secure the co-opera- 
tion of all our churches. I think 
all should feel impressed with the 
duty of uniting to fulfil the command 
of the great Head of the Church: 
"Uo ye into all the world and preach 
the Gospel to every creature." I 
doubt not that some will object on 
account of its costing a little mon- 
ey. Why my dear brethren, it is 
only our reasonable service which 
we oive to Christ and whose com- 
mands we are bound to honor. Th'c 
command is : G-o ; it is imperitivc, 
it i< binding. "Lord, whither shall 
we flee from thy presence." Ah ! 
but. says one, that only concerns 
preachers. What a cold hearted 
christian that, who could see his 
poor minister leave all the comforts 
and endearments of home, and spend 

time and talents in preaching 
the Gospel to the perishing, and yet 

him to bear his own expenses. 
No, my brethren, you are not for- 
gotten, anil you cannot be excused, 
and I am fully persuaded that no 
brother or sister who has a heart to 
feel and a will to act will ask to be 
excused. I know that hundreds of 
my brethren will say by word and 
action it i- not too much to give a 
portion to the Lord out of the abun- 
dance with which he !: it will be attend 
some expense to open missions and 

are past, but those of a spiritual na- 
ture are just as powerful as they 
were in the days of the Apostles, 
reaching to the uttermost parts of 
the earth with their saving effects, 
for which, the gospel was designed. 
Those miracles performed by Christ 
and his apostles in healing the sick, 
raising the dead, &c, were chiefly 
performed to fully establish the su- 
pernatural agency of the gospel 
within the. minds of i depraved peo- 

We presume all christians will a- 
grce with us that the end and chief 
i of the gospel was spiritual 
salvation. St. Paul is still exhort- 
ing, "that supplication, prayer, and 
intercessions l»e made for all men ;" 
and declaring, that "this is good and 
acceptable in the sight of God our 
Savior, who will have all men to be 
and come to the knowledge 
Off the truth :*' and the apOStls Pe- 
ter h still affirming that the exist- 
ence of the world continues, because 
<;,..t ! ward, not 

willing that any should perish, but 
that all should come to repentance." 
The of?icc and egefroy of the Holy 

ic a bun- _^ 

is. L >v 

led With l v l 





a establish an effectual system of teach- 
i in^, but what of that ? Do we not 
spend money for almost every thing 
else '( Even for things that are un- 
necessary, while, we hear the word* 
of Jesus ringing in our MM : '"<>■> 
ye and preach the Gospel to every 
creature.'' In the name of the bless- 
ed Jesus who wore the thorny crown 
that we might wear a crown of glory, 
1 appeal to all my brethren for 
prompt action in fulfilling the com- 
mand of that prophet whom we are 
to hear. 

The plan heretofore persued, and 

Fur Uu I 'omponUm 

Aii Important Question. 

".Sirs, wbat raust 1 do to be saved ? Believe 
on the Lord Jcsut Chiint, and luou si 
:." Acts 10 : 30. 31. 

Few questions can be more un] or- 
tant than this. It implies that man 
is lost — that he can nut save himself 
— that he desires tu be saved — and 
that he is willing to be saved in 
God's way. This being the ease, 


Tyrone City, Pa., April 9, L867. 


Madison, Georgia, ) 

March 30th, '67, 
Brother Henry : — Again I am 

seated for a short talk witn the be- 
loved through the only medium left 
me now ; as I love to hear from the 

•■ <->• ' lin.. nun j uo J. I'm iu iiu>ii ii tjwi li'C 

salvation is possible— more, salvation man v who are engaged in the Mas- 

is certain. "For this is a faithful 
saving, and worthy of all accept- 
ation, that Jesus Christ same into 
the world to save sinners." lie 

still insisted upon by some, was by came ^ Qur n tQ hb suff 

emigration In that way the com- aml ^ [n our ^^ Qn ^ e;u . rli 
mand could not be fulfilled in a 

ho did all, and suffered all, that is 
neeessary in order to save sinni 
Justice has rccieved all it requi 
the law has obtained the whole of 
its demands ; and now all that a sin- 
ner has to do, is to credit God's tes- 
gree interfere with the old plan- {{ renounce all dcpelldence on 

It, then the duty is a plain one let 8cll ; ail ,i re ly alone on the 
us 20 to work at once. Ihe Lord. i C • i i*' T * r 
b . y j ,-,. . -, and finished work ot Ji 

says: (xo ; the Church says: tro ; 

Jesus says "lo 1 am with you," and 

thousand years ; as our biethren on- 
ly settle where they like to live. — 
The organization of a more practi- 
cal system for the spreading of the 
Gospel will not in the slightest de- 

Jcsus. Faith 
is trusting Jesus to do all and pro- 
vide all, and so save us freely, or 
God will approvingly smile upon the k •• ■■ AVl . •' • 

/1L , ,y, „- i r . by his grace. When we trust m- 

Churoh. 1 hen will she come up out , .,. -. P „ • ■ , k „ 

... ... , . ' , Lhnst alone, Ins honor becomes eu- 

oi the wilderness leaning upon her i <• i i i 

, , , , x , , ii t i ir Ke*ed tor as; he has undertaken 

beloved. Our beloved brother Hey 

ten work. It is with pleasure that 
1 can inform your readers that all 
comes safely to me now, and as I 
am so circumstanced, at this time, 
that it is impossible to write to every 
one. to whom duty and inclination 
would lead. I will say to all, that 
I feel much encouraged, not onlv by 
the prospects for good to thes< 
pie, but also by the interest mani- 
fested for the condition of the Freed- 
men in Georgia, by the many who 
have written to me. Let there be a 
free interchange of sentiment among 
the brethren ; let wisdom and pru- 
dence characterize our every move- 
ment, and above all let u- numbly 
address our heavenly Father at a 
throne of mercy on the behalf of 
those who are iu so much net 

ser has opened the way, and is now t - 

. . ' , • r ' , lor our salvatiou 

teaching and instructing the ignor- 
ant and unfortunate of the South. 

1 endorse the sentiment of broth- 
er II. Christ says go; ho says: 
Lord I will go at thy bidding. The 
Lord bless EOy dear brother Emanu- 
el. J have no doubt that a others 
would act with the same promptness, 

our cause, and becomes responsible moral and intellectual instruction 

We commit our 
souls to him, to be cleansed in his 
i blood, clothed in his righteousness, 
purified by his spirit, adorned with 
his grace, and admitted into heaven 
for his sake. He becomes our S.i- 

■ vior. He undertakes Cor as. His 

Word is pledged for us, for he has 

Every one that believeth on 

that most of the apparent difficult , u 6 \^\\ have everlasting life, 

would vanish ; but as a general plan. aml i wiI1 rai , ( . lum up ;l .,. liu , at tho 
or system is repined to engage the i ;ta day." He can n >t break his 
attention ol the whole Church in the 
work, will our brethren that have 
good hearts and char heads pre- 
pare a plan to he adopted at the A. 


word, or fail in any o&e i ase. Eve- 
ry believer is sate ; for him, I 
jUStieB is satisfied ; for him I 

law has been magnified ; fur him. 
Satan bet been rendered powerless, 
br him, death i-. abolished : and to 

htm tie et wide 

•* open. "If thou shall confess with 

Ybaiui aft rh,K fellowship with thy mouth ts I 

( ll "- 1 " 1 "" sufferings, and dally | ]a tllllu . ht .. irt lJK ,. 

conformity to bim in his meekness oat h raised him from the d< 

M. ponding 
Philada. Pa. 

J. 8PAN0GLB. ft 

For myself, 1 ask the assistance 
which we as brethren can render; 
an I 1 do feel grateful for the manv 
kind words of cheer that have come 
to me as bonds of sympathy, binding 

more strongly because of united 

sympathies, on the behalf of these 

who need our . -e. 

For the present 1 do n 
t i accomplish anythin I ur as 

good to the white people is concern- 
ed. All Northern people are look- 
ed upon suspiciously, and especially 
who some t > befriend the 

I'leedmen. This feeling 1 attrib- 
ute, iii a .Tea! on H ire, to politi- 

Who have 

friends te the peo] 

them are clothed in th, 
rii ' 

and gentlenss. Learn to 

our elf entirely bo < iod tu be the 
means of bringing others bo hip. 

•halt be saved. 
Dsrvw, r i 

Romans, 10: 9 
S. V. HKll.M. 

il object 

to w ilen the bi 

existing between them and tin . 

mer m 

ments have tended to increase t! 

feeling of distrust, and - 
am aide to ju . 

<-r- -J; 


V| era birth i received with favor, let 
*| bin be of whatever faith ; all are 

looked upon suspiciously. But we 
who have never taken an active 
part in the political affair! of our 
country, aright in accordance with 
our usual custom, teach the Scrip- 
tures, and while learning the Freed- 
men to read, and oonduct them- 
selves as becomes good loyal citi- 
zens, tad exemplary Christiana, prove 
by example and precept that we are 
no enemies, to either the white or 
the black man ; but that our grand 
purpose is to heal those feelings of 
animosity, that now exist between 
the two races, and citizens of our 
country. We must prove first that 
we come not to influence the Freed- 
men in the exercise of their political 
rights. When once the Southern 
people cau look upon us as they who 
only wish to educate and christian- 
ize the people ; accepting the issue 
as it has been decreed by those who 
are the rulers of our land, wc may 
expect to labor for the good of all ; 
till then, labor by Northern men, 
cau only be of advantage lo the 
Freedmen. But why should we de- 
spair, when we arc assured that 
whilst laboring to gain the confi- 
dence of all, no day passes without 
its good result. Day, night and 
Sabbath, wc have them flocking to 
us for instruction. And more at- 
tentive audiences 1 have never ad- 
dressed. Can we not hope, a little 
while, remembering that teaching 
them to read, opens the way to the 
scriptures of truth, and what better 
way could be adopted, to overcome 
bad teaching, or to enlighten the 
darkened understanding. Let us 
n together, brethren, apon a 
subject that is certainly worthy of 
our earnest consideration. And 
niav the good Lord teach us in hu- 
mility t > walk in the path of duty. 

i:. HJEY6ER. 

WisHiouurj . 

The long deferred missionary la- 
bor in the South ha3 at last feebly 
bciran. Tl of a brother is 

ltd in Georgia among the be- 
nighted children of Ethiopia, thank 
God ! The spirit of God is begin- 

ning to operate upon the hearts of 
the Brethren and they are becom- 
ing alive to the importance of this 
work. Every Companion has one or 
more artcles in its favor, but none 
against it. Many plans have been 
ted to spread the gospel 
among the heathen in our own land; 
every article possessing merit, but 
1 was particularly struck with the 
sensible remark of brother Spicher 
who advocats putting all these plans 
into operation. The plan presented 
by brother Wise meets with much i 
favor so far as I have been able to 
ascertain the sentiment of the bioth- 
erhood, but I object to calling it j 
brother Wise's plan and do not I 
think lie claims any originality him- ' 
.self because it is the gotpel plan and 
therefore ought to be adoped ; com- . 
ing through the channel as it does, ' 
I expect to see some ver} r important 
steps taken at the next Annual 
Meeting towards putting the plan in- 
to operation. In the mean time let 
US do ail we can individually and 
unitedly. With this idea 1 have 
made up my mind to give myself 
and my means what I can spare 
from the support ot ray family to 
this work. It is but little I can 
give but that little I give cheerfully. 
I have no definite plan of operation 
but think of visiting the brethren 
through Virginia and Tennessee 
with the hope of learning what is 
wanted and what can be done. I 
presume I shall act in concert with 
the brethren nearest the field of la- 
bor. 1 am neither sent nor sup- 
ported by any church, but I feel 
myself called and like Abraham of 
old 1 shall try to go forth trusting 
in G d for direction and the most 
hearty prayers of the brethren that 
I ma v be endowed with wisdom 
from on high to preach salvatio"h to 
a lost and benighted world. 

MiUertvill*, Pa. 

■* m 

Brother tloUmger ; As we are of- 
ten mads to rejoice to hear of the 
progress of the church, we fceltoaay 
we have had a series of meetings in 
our little arm of the church, and 
had the pleasure of seeing eight ad- 
ded to the church by baptism. 

Brother Jacob. C. Cripe and David 
Miller of South Bend were with us 
and preached to the people the 
blessed w^rd of God, with power 
and zeal. May God reward them 
for thair labors. In a few days af- 
ter they left we had church meeting 
and reclaimed two more, making ten 
in all. God still seems to be work- 
ing amongst the children of men. 
MilforJ, Ind. 


Brother Hohinger ; The church 
at Pleasant Hill, Sullivan county 
Tenn., seems to be in a healthy con- 
dition ever since the committee was 
here last September, and we hope 
that their mission of love to Tennes- 
see will result in much good. The 
brethren and sisters who have united 
with us seem to be very well satis- 
fied, with a few exceptions, and we 
hope and pray that the God of love 
may continue to guide us by his 
holy spirit, so that every member of 
the Church of God, who lias been 
ingrafted inter the Vine, Christ Je- 
sus, may walk worthy of the voca- 
tion wherewith we are called. 

The brethren and sisters in Ten- 
nessee are generally well. We 
have not had many additions to the 
Church since last fall. Pray for us 
that the spirit of God may move up- 
on the hearts of the unconverted 
sons and daughters of men in this 
part of God's moral vineyard. The 
Lord hath said: "I am the true 
vine, and my Father is the husband- 
man ; every branch in me that bear- 
eth not fruit he taketh away ; now 
the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, 
peace, long suffering, and meekness, 
and temperance, and against such 
there is no law." These are the 
Christian graces which bear fruit 
unto holiness, and every branch 
that bearetb fruit, be purgeth it, 
that it may bring forth more fruit. 
Now wc are taught humility in the 
Holy Gospel, which we claim not to 
be ashamed of. My Christian broth- 
er how do you feel when you see 
vour brother in distressed circum- 
stances ? Do you feel like going by 
without helping him out of trouble ? 
If eo, where is that love manifested ( 





^ in you by which all men shall know 
who the disciples of Jesus arc. 

My dear readers, let im know for 
ourselves whether we have round 
our bodies the marks of humility as 
Christ had, who was the only true 
p ittern of humility ; he went about 
doing good to the children of men 
everywhere, preaching peace to 
them that were afar off, and to them 
that were nigh. "And my peace I 
leave with you, not as the world giv- 
eth." From this learn that the 
peace that the world giveth is but 
little profit to the soul of man ; and 
if so, let us follow peace and holi- 
ness, without which no man shall 
see the Lord. 

May the grace of God and the 

opening the first one in London, fj( m 
about 1780. But what mostly in- 
- me is what is ?aid in the'same 
article about the Dunkers. It - 
"The Dunkers, an earnestly reli- 

church and relieve the brethren that 

were, oi should be drafted. With 

much trouble this was done, from 

time to time. Subsequently those 

drafted brethren promised the church 

to pay their indebtedness, with such gions sect, are said, however, to 

assistance as the church could give have had Sunday-schools in Ger- 

them. The church is now indebted many over three centuries a' T o. 

between seven and eight hundred ; According to the Friend' * Review 
dollars. Individual members not there is now in Pennsylvania, in the 
less than eighteen hundred dollars. ' library of a Dunker, in a collection 
More, on the most of this we have of rare and old relinous works a 
to pay 10 per cent interest. We printed manuel of Sander school 
wish also to state that our members j instruction, compiled bv John Wer- 
are generally poor in this District I ner in 154G. The first'edition print- 
of the church. j ed in 1558. These people, the 

Now, brethren, we have given Dunkers, having been persecuted 
you a correct and true statement of almost to extermination, came to 
our circumstances and necessities. — Pennsylvania, 

. where they arrived 
communion of the Holy Spirit rest If J<> u can belp na, if it is but a lit- in 1734. Thsv ^ft!^ u^Uam*-^- 

tle, it will be thankfully received by j ery county, in that State, and there 
many brethren. I as early, it is believed, ax 1 

upon all Israel of God. Amen. 
Blountville, Tenn. 

A < >ill Tor Help. 

The Union Distrct of the 
Church of the Brethren, who are in 
Marshall, Stark, and Pulaski coun- 
ties, Indiana, Greeting :— Beloved March, A. D., 1867. 
brethren, we appeal to you for a Speakers. Deacons. 

little help for our poor brethren who j John Knisley, Abraham Miller, 
are in straitened circumstances, nand | M. Hamilton, David Bottorff, 
in debt, and unable to pay the same, John Hoover, Frederick SLiFt;, 
who were drafted during the late Adam Appleman, Jacob Brumbaugh 

"He that hath pity upon the poor ] George Weisz, a good scholar and 
lendeth unto the Lord ; and that eminent for virtue and pietv, e<tab- 
which he hath given will lie pay lished a Sunday-school. A manu- 
him again." Prov. 19 : 17. | script manuel in the hand writing 

Done by the unanimous counsel of of Weisz, to assist parents and 
the church, on the ninth day of teachers, &c, is still in existence in 

war and have had a large amount of 
commutation money to pay, which 
has caused the debt upon the church 
and upon individual member?. We 
make this appeal to you with confi- 
dence, believing that when you shall 
have become acquainted with our 
trials, circumstances, and necessities, 

Danl. Freeman. Michael Miller, 
J as. Y. Brawn, 
John Bit. 
w. Barrxb, 
Jacob Bonn 
All contributions to be sent to 
Eld. John Knisley, Plymouth, Mar- 
shall Co., Ind. The money can lie 

the library that contains Werners 
printed manual. Weisz died March 
2nd, 1740 ; forty years before 
Robert Ralks established his Sun- 
day-school in London. — Marietta 0. 

Will some of the brethren t°ll us 
how this is ? 

A. LEEDY, Jr. 

Antioch, Ind. 


yOU will cheerfully render some as- se|jt l)V i.; X |, rPSg r Post Office Or- 
-te to relieve our poor breth- : t j eri a J u j w ,n } >0 accounted for and 
ren from their burden of d published in the Cbmpaniou. 

We have paid four thousand eight 
hundred dollars commutation money. 
With the exception of one, the 
drafted brethren were poor men, 
and enable to pay their commuta- 
tion money without distressing them- 
selves. One sold his home 
the money. As the draft eanM sud- 
denly, end the neonej bed la be 
i .lily, end while the draft 
pending it waj imanimoualy de- 
cided by the counsel of the ehurch 

'yi that Elder John Knisley ihould bor> 
// roe the money on the oredh of the 


The lirsl Sii ml »»} -.School in the 
I ui(«Ml Males. 

Under the above heading we no- 
tice an article in the UincinneUi 
hj Tinu$ i and according to the 
I, Mary Lake started the first 
Snnderehool, in Marietta, March, 

IT'.'l . Peter Thorn] t, .i Quaker, 

also started a Sund •! in 

Philadelphia the aaeae veer. H 

es, of Loudon, i. .-rally 

idored the father of Snu- 
day-schools, and lias the credit af 

Brother I/<>tri/ ; As it may be of 
interest to some of the brethren, I 
will give you a statement of the 
Church here. We beleBg to the 
l River branch ; we have six- 
: teen members at this - 
heard ef three more about ,'<o miles 
; our housekeeper Urea at Pe- 
at ."><> miles East. 
are two ipeeJcera and two in 

and we have t\>o speakers hen I 

one deacon ; « -f»thrr 

more than once or twice a j . 
The members ii. t are 

and West about 125 
uides, stil] anion and brother! . 

prevails, Wt have meeting hero 

every tWO weeks, and SOflM time 

more frequently. I Lurch mci:. 

atari three montha.aJnd think there X 

I T 


— r* J n 



L .,, u |,l „l accomplished if li; "' »* "P> *• ,l0 uot •«**• paper on, Willi 

C ' ?omc lit' <>ur brethren would come 
»- and h«lp us. We are pretty much 
all and t>ut babef in the 

. we would solicit our traveling 
brethren to make this one of their 
Stopping places, and especially 
who wieh to locate in the West — 
We have a good country ; timber is 
pretty scarce, as it il in all prairie 
countries, but there a plenty of coal 
in the : We are !■"> miles from 

Council Bluff, and :'.0 miles from the 
Northwestern R. R., from Chicago 
unci] Bluff. Brethren coming 
here will come to Denison or Wood- 
bine, on the Northwestern R. It. — 
Brethren wishing to stop with us 
Bbould let us know, and they will be 
conveyed wherever they wish to go. 
dot rurrner particulars aaarees >> asn- 
ington \V\lanrl, Adam J'ramlt, or 
the writer, at Botany, Shelby Co., 


District Meeting.— III. 

Brother Henry; Please notice that 
the Brethren expect to hold their 
next District meeting of Northern 
111. at Arnolds Grove meeting house, 
Carroll Co. 111. on the 2Uth day of 
May next, which the members of the 
ten Churches composing the North- 
ern 111. district are invited to at- 
tend. We expect an interest man- 
ifested in this meeting by all the 
above named Churches. 

Bv order of the Church. 


Mt. Carroll, 111. 

mil '•■ .in. 

John Fisher. Sixty cents more will pay to 
the en'! of Vol. S. 

Jicsse L. Ri:ti.. 'Where is your paper to be 
changed from. 

Jobs M. Mnixit's address is changed from 
Marrion Centre, Marrion Co., Kansas, to Em- 
poria, Lyon Co., Kansas. 

<lo ©a* (Lorrrspouucnts. 

Under this hud we will notice and reply to 

c w re a pondepta, and give other notices. n n u 

to withhold the real 

ind, in all oases, the writer's 

nam-, an I reserve to ourself the pi 

■ ruiluing the propiiety o( publishing 

Bamuil, UtsaTT. Your subscription is paid 
for Vol. o. 

Jawks S. Kirk. The Germantown list i« 
always put in a wrapper. 

A. A. <>r Indiana. If you wish your for- 
refpondenc; to appear, plftMfl give u* your 

Jons 1'.. I)i:m imibr. The sub-criplion of 
i.otli thorn- ■ lent na ei d wiih 

When the UflM of •abfCrip- 

■// i.otu inoeo i 
/ J So, \. \ 


1> I E D . 

Tn the buffalo ▼alley branch, Union Co., 
Pa., March 86th, brother STEPHEN KURTZ \ 

aged 74 Tears, 8 DBOntlUi and 1 day. Funeral 
services by Isaac Myers and the writer, from 
2 Cor. 5:1. J. I,. Bbavbr. 

Near East 'Waterloo. Juniata Co., Pa., Sis- 
ter MARY ANN STEM, daughter of friend 
Samuel, and sister Sarah Stem ; aged 35 years 
7 month, and 21 days. She sought the Lord 
in her youth and was a pious and beloved 
Si6tcr for 5 or years, then her minfl become 
distracted, and for 14 years she suffered the 
loss of her mind. Ou'the Gtb of Febuary last 
-i.. ,..„,. »_i,, ,, cu mc Harrisbnrg Asylum 

*he died on the evening of th< 
She was bought home and buried on the lit b. 
of March. 

Funeral surviee by C Myers, from Genesis 
tfl ::.'."i. Shall not the Judge of all the earth 
do right. 

Mart Roreb. 

In the pleasant hill branch Sullivan Co., ' 
Temi., March 10, Sister CATHARINE ( OLE 
consort of brother Solomon Cole aged 2'J 
years, 5 month, and 24 days. She leave a hue- 
band and five children, together with alarge 
circle of friends to mourn their lots ; but we 
hope our loss is her great gain. 

Funeral service by brother Joseph Wine 
and the writer from 1st Thcs.s. 4:14. 

In upper Conawaga branch, Pa., Febuary 
28th sister SUSANNAH M. PENTZ, or lin- 
gering Consumption. The last 6 weeks of 
her lite she suffered much and all Without a 
murmur. She always expressed a desire to 
take leave of her friends here, and go to a 
friend above ; a few hours before she exp 
she asked her mother if it would he long till 
she could go. She was known by many, and 
while abUj always tilled her seat in the sanct- 
uary, and manifested great Interest in the 
good cause. Her age was 31 years, 3 months, 
and IB days. 

Funeral service by Elder Joseph Myers and j 
the v riter. 

Adam IIoixinqer. 

In Median icsburg, Lower Cumberland 

branch, March th'-. 6th ot Consumtion I1AR- 

Rt M. SI UDEBAKJBR, son of brother Jacob 

Studebaker, dee'd. Funeral occasion impov- 

...ii the luo. i'salm. 

A i>am Beelman 

BAMTJEL S. SNYDER, son of Win. H. and 
Ellen Snyder, departed this life on Sunday 
the 8 of March) tt Jacksonville, HI. : aged 17 
r months and 14 lays. Brother Suinu- 
ime Insane; in September last lie was 
taKen to the insane asylum to be emeu ; hav- 
ing been there lor six months he began to re- 
cover. The last two months thai he was there 
was In hia right mind. We received a dis- 
iiom the Superintendent of the Jack- 
sonville insane asylum, stating that h I W i» 
well, and that we should come for him ; I left 
Dixon on the 88th of Feb., and arrived at 
Jacksonville on Friday the Qrat ol March. — 
Brother Samuel took aligut headache on the 
btaolasj before I got there, aud nil! kept 

glowing worse ; aud on Bunday evening ha 

hie eyca In death. I was with him 

lavs and bad the pleasure of talking 
with him. His hearts desire was, if he could 
only die hoping to meet in that heavenly hap- 
py home, where parting is known no more. 


In the Franklin branch, near Manafleld, 
Richland Co.. Ohio, brother J08EPH M. 
RITTEN HOUSE ; aged 35 years, 1 month, 
and 11 days. He leaves a wife and a very 
large circle of friends to mourn their loss, hut 
we hope our loss is his eternal gain ; he died 
with that dreadful disease, consumption. — 
His sufferings were great but he bore it with 
christian fortitude. He was a member for 
live years, and during his sickness "he often 
wished that death would come and take him 
out of his trouble in this world. 

Funeral services by Christian Wise from 
1st Cor. 15 : commencing at the 40th verse. 

In the Aughwick branch, Huntingdon Co., 
Pa.. March 17th, of Pneumonia, in abcut 96 
hours from the first at tact sister SUSAN 
MILLER, wife of brother Henry Miller and 
sister to the writer ; aged 73 years, 7 mouths 
and 17 days. 

Funeral services by the brethren from Snd 
Cor. 5th chapter. 

A. L. Fcnk. 

I>ist ol money* rec five I, for Subscript 
to the Companion, since our 
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David Daily Nimisiila Ohio 

P C Mil i en W Va 

Solomon Young Delphi Ind 

Ceo Shaver .\l.iurei -town Va 

Evan Near hoof Warriors Mark Pa 

Polly NWrhoof " 

Sam'l Reek " (long ago) 

Savler Double Pipe Creek \ld 
Henry Ripple Mi. Union Pa 

. I Imler Altoona Pa 
C l< Burkholder Vork Sul Springs Pa 
Joseph Ffoutr, New Oxford Pa 
G Raffen-perger " 

Lewis Oaks Trot Wood Oh; l 
John Spauogle Franklin Grove III 
John Bnrkett Goshen Ind 
Mary Kreider Pantiier Creek Ohio 
John Fisher Sharp-burg Md 
Lewis M Kob Franklin Iowa 
Geo Wont Osawke Kansas 
i,e>\ is HeSS ZenaTowa 
J I) Veacb Dry Creek Iowa 
\V:n C Lehmet Allen Pa 
Jo. in Keenev Moiling Springs Pa 
Dane J Blicken staff RosariUe Ind 
S M Goughenour Libertyville Iowa 
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Number 16. 

Selected for the Conqxinion. 
Happiness only in Heaven. 

Friend after friend departs — 
Who hath not lost a friend — 

There is no union here of hearts 
That finds not here an end. 

Were this frail world our final rest, 
Living or dying, none were blest. 

Beyond the flight of time 
Beyond the reign of death — 

There surely ie some blessed clime 
Where WW. is uot a breath \ 

Nor life's affections transient fire, 

Whose 6parks fly upward aud expire. 

There is a world above, 

Where parting is unknown ; 

A long eternity of love 
Formed for the good alone ; 

And foith beholds the dying here 
Translated to that glorious sphere. 

Thus star by star declines 
Till all are pass'd away, 
As morning high and higher shines 

To pure and perfect day ; 
Nor sink those stars in empty night, 
But hide themselves in heaven's own 

Norn, 1U. 

Fur tlw Companion* 
The Garden or GeU&aemane; the 
ftiiflcring oi Christ for sin. 

Gethsemane proclaims the power 
of redeeming love. Mere philan- 
thropy could not have sustained 
such a shock ; yea the combined be- 
nevolence of angels would have fail- 
ed in the struggle, but the love of 
Christ was equal to its endurance, 
not only because it was perfectly 
sincere and ardent, — for this alone 
must have been inadequate, — but 
because it was Divine Love ; yes di- 
vine love for sinners was the main 
prop of the son of God when he was 
passing through this ordeal. This 
love bore him upward and onward, 
as all the billows rolled over him, 
till he reached the haven of his 
Father's bosom which received his 
spirit. Not one of the angry wa- 
ters could quench, that lore, "it was 
strong as death. He who can ana- 
lyze the mixture of the cup which 
our Savior drank and not resolve all 
into the most incomprehensible love 
for man, must be grossly infidel or 
wickedly indifferent. That man is 
£ to be pitied who can listen to the 

cries, and witness the tears, and 
blood of Jesus, on that night, in 
Gethsemane, and not retire to his 
chamber more disgusted than ever 
with sin, and more enchanted than 
ever with the Savior. 

It is of course our duty to have a 
joyful confidence in the atonement 
made for us ; surely we cannot ques- 
tion our personal interest in Christ's 
agonies. The griefs borne there 
were ours; the sorrows carried there 
were ours, and those griefs and sor- 
rows were occasioned by our sins. 
This is true, and what follows ? It 
follows that the original sin can nev- 
er rise up against us. Our curse 
is exhausted ; it spent its fury on 
our surety. Let this then hence- 
forth be our address to Christ: — 
"Lord Jesus from this moment we 
cast from us all doubts as to our 
personal safety." Now as to our 
eternal happiness hereafter ; and if 
at any time of infirmity fears for 
our souls should rush in to vex us, 
we will remember the night when 
thy "soul was exceeding sorrowful 
even unto death;" and even to our 
own death wo will essay to presume 
our souls exceeding joyful in thv 
love. Yes, Lord, whatevsr may 
have been the number or antra- 
vation of our sins, we will now, by 
thy grace, banish from us all the 
terrors of the law ; we will quail no 
more before the baring of God's ho- 
ly arm, or the sheen and sharpness 
of his sword, for when we look up- 
on thee, O, our God. and Redeemer 
at the hour and amid the powi 
darkness, we are assured the law 
has been satisfied, that the divine 
arm has deall troke, 

and II 1 of Inflexible jus- 

tice is now sheathed, it had 

such an awakening against the man 
that thren, 

we commit n<> presumptuous sin in 
thus assuring our heart.- in I 
before fJoOL Only hold fa-t our 
confidence, and let none take it 

us and thus all will be well with our 
souls salvation. At present, in chris- 
tian conflict, in a short time in com- 
bat with the king of terrors — at the 
great tribunal of God, whon we come 
to judgment and throughout eterni- 
ty in the presence of God and the 
Lamb, Gethsemane proclaims the 
duty of ardent gratitude to Christ. 
All who have been washed from their 
sins in the blood of the Lamb, admit 
that prompt devotement of our- 
selves to him and his cause forever 
is the very least return that we can 
make to him. Can we realize such 
a scene as took place that nigut,and 
after associating our own sins with 
it, refuse to acknowledge that now 
we are not, cannot, ought not to be 
our own. That agony in C-etlisem- 
ane bought us for the' sufferer. On 
the cross it is true the price was 
given in full, but even here as much 
was advanced as should di 
prorflptly to surrender all we are, 
and we possess, to him and to him 
alone, It is enough to brin" the 
blush to the cheek ; enough to suf- 
fuse the heart with shame, to see how 
coolly and nriserfj some professors 
can sit down and calculate — not how 
much, but how little they can do for 
or give to Christ. What" an ado, what 
a murmuring, what a scheming, what 
an erading, what compromising, do 
we often witness concerning the du- 
ty of sacrificing our flesh, and pr- 
bg our substance to Christ. ° It 
might almost be inferred from the 
nice and minute arithmetic which 
•i- emploj to rule them 

in their donations, that 

tiona were all on Chr 

thej had air. 

Christ to si . 

self denial, one non conformitj to 
this world, u more than I Q t 

k of man t i do, 

B thren in Christ, let D 
ii, merciful God, 1 


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thy servants from sordid avarice ; 
selfish indulgences, and from 
sinful extravagances, bo that we 
may with a free heart, and clean 
hauls, aa consecrate.) gold, vindi- 
cate our state as forgiving debtors 
and make clean cur characters U 
God, and joint heirs with 
1 at. Brethren, and all that fear 
Go 1, be persuaded that there is one 
thing which is too impossible for us 
to do ; we can never do too much 
for the sufferer in Gethscmane for 
after we have done all, given all on 
earth, yea even after myriads of 
ages have revolved over us in hea- 
ven, we must still be infinitely dis- 
tant from that imaginary point when 
we can say we owe him no more ; 
all our debts to him are paid. These 
debts can never be paid, cither 
b\ ourselves oi by any substitutes, 
because every breath we draw and 
every moment of holy joy we have 
in paradise, only add to the account 
against us for more gratitude and 
more Borvice. What a pity then 
that professors should calculate their 
obligations to Christ in unfavorable ! 
positions ; in their counting houses, ' 
for example, or places of exchange 
lide their farms, or over their 
merchandise. This is the cruel sys- 
tem that has hitherto kept professors' 
liberality a dwarf. If we would but j 
sum up our accounts when medita- 
ting on Olivet, or* Calvary when 
realizing the splendors of a celestial ! 
nee, which they hope for, or ! 
the horors of the hell from which 
they would flee, from that day and 
hour religion would become as it is 
certain we hope at no distant period 
to become— a giant. May God 

Do Burners inquire, ' 
we any interest in those ag- 
onies ? M We reply, you have, most 
l\y you have. There is not 
inder or more honorable pos- 
ition than that which the christian 
minister occupies, when from the 
■ i mak< - in the room of God 
a full and free offer of salvation bo 
all who will accept of it through the 
riU'v of ( 'hri t. These 
on with gcth.scniano so near, 
: ■;■■ n I lime, and to 

yon trembling or to you 


ble, it is proclamcd that for you and 
for all mankind there is enough and 
tj spare in the propitiatory agonies 
of Christ. If then you perish it can- 
not be from any deficiency in his 
agonies or shortcomings in his obli- 
gation. Be assured Grod is sincere 
in calling on you as he does, at this 
time, to repentance and faith ; sin- 
cere in telling you of a S%vior for 
the chief of sinners, and in swearing 
by bis own great name that he has no 
pleasure in the death of sinners. If 
you perish it must be owing to your 
own unbelief of God's sincerity and 
Christ's sufficiency : entirely otvinT 
to your contempt of the only name 
and the only foundation given 
among men, whereby they can be 
saved. If you perish it must be be- 
cause you refuse to identify your 

selves with the blood of the 
or of the cross ; and by 


, auu U( y appropri- 
ating faith to make that blood your 
own. 0, be entreated to believe 
that the sufferings of the Lamb of 
God were of the nature of that pen- 
alty under which you at this time 
lie, and under which you must lie 
till you go to God and tell him that 
you accept of his Son as your right- 
eousness. Do this ; do it now : do 
it in prayerful dci>endcnce ; do it 
with all your heart, and as the Lord 
liveth it will be well with your souls. 
But what if you will not do this ? 
Why then there is no alternative, 
perish you must; having rejected 
Christ "there remaineth no more 
sacrifice for sin." 


For the Companion. 
Explanation Ol Matthew IS : 6, 10. 

The verses read as follows : "But 
whoso shall offend one of these little 
ones which believe in me, it were 

Heaven." As Jcsas well knew the 
ambition of the human heart, and 
never at a loss when manifested to 
give it a check, hence be '• called a 
little child unto him, and set him in 
the midst of them and said, verily 1 
say unto you, except ye be conver- 
ted and become as little children, 
ye shall not enter the kingdom of 
heaven." Here the disciples, with 
tho Jews, were under the mistaken 
notion that Jesus wa3 going to es- 
tablish a temporal kingdom here on 
earth. And hence the inquiry : 
"Wko is the greatest ?" As much as 
to say who will be honored with offi- 
ces connected with this kingdom. 
Hence to bring down this lofty feel- 
ing, Jesus called a little child to him 
and set him in their midst. Now 
what do wc learn from this ? We 
learn this, that the child was eld 
enough to hear and obey, for it 
came to him ; but it was too young 
to be influenced by worldly ambi- 
tion. No prefferences manifested , 
no requests to make ; no wants to 
present, for it had none. In a 
word, perfectly contented, the very 
picture of innocence. What a beau- 
tiful emblem of a genuine disciple of 
■Jesus ; hence, says Jesus, " Whoso- 
ever therefore shall humble himself 
as this little child." i. e. — unless you 
are willing to humble yourselves — 
and become as this little child, ye 
cannot be called "great." Hence, 
whosoever desires to become "great" 
in the " kingdom of heaven must 
" humble himself," as the " kingdom 
of heaven is a spiritural kingdom, 
and as there is no other way of en- 
tering that kingdom, and become 
great therein, but in and through 
the valley of humiliation. Conse- 
quently the only way left for the 
disciples or us to enter into the 
kingdom of heaven is to humble our- 


better for him that a mill stone were 
hanged about his neck, and that ho selves and become as unasuming as 
were drowned in the depth of the . little children who act among tncin- 
aea." But before we can explain selves as if all were EQUAL, as the 
this verse we must examine the pre- emblem of the little child so- beauti- 
oeding verses, as they contain both fully represents. Notice the proin- 
au inquiry and an answer. A spirit ise, "Whosoevej therefore shall hum- 
or anxiety always produces a spirit hie himself as this little child, the 
of inquiry, which we see exhibited same is the greatest in the kingdom 

by the disciples 08 the present oc 

The inquiry is this : "Who 

is the greatest in th-> kingdom of 

of heaven." Thus our Lord shows 

them that they were all EQUAL, 
and that there should be no superi- 






•orrty ■among THEM. And then, 
"Whoso shall receive one such little 
child in my name, receiveth ME." 
As in the preceding verses, our Lord 
gave an emblem of a genuine disci- 
ple, in the ""little child," so by the 
term, "little child" in this verse he 
means disciple only. Hence, notice 
here as in many other places, Jesus 
gives us to understand that an act 
of kindness done unto one of those, 
humble, child-like, unambitious disci- 
ples of mine, for ray sake " he shall 
in nowise lose his reward. I will 
consider it as "done unto me." Or 
"whoso shall receive such an one, 
in my name receiveth ME." Now 
we have the way prepared to explain 
the above verse. "But whoso shall 
oifend one of those little ones that 
believe in me." The word "but" 
shows to u» that the case is changed, 
and a thre'.tning follows. that 1 
could sound the alarm by pen and 
ink, that the echoes might reach to 
earth's remotest bounds, and the 
reverberations thereof reach every 
careless heart, and cause it to fear 
and tremble at the solemn denuncia- 
tion, dropped from the lips of Jesus, 
as a caution given to careless mor- 
tals, who so frequently throw stum- 
bling blocks in the way of the humble 
disciple of Jesus. 0, read the sen- 
tence and tremble ; O yes tremble, 
for Jesus has said it, and he cannot 
be mistaken ; he who is guilty of the 
above oifense, says Jesus, " It were 
better for him that a millstone were 
hanged about his neck, and that he 
were drowned in the depth of the 
SEA " Can this, or anything like 
this, be possible '{ YES, for Jesus 
has said it. Consequently it is a 
Till 'Til, and "he that doubteth is 
damned. More an m. 

Yours In the bonds of love. 


fat mmtown, l'a. 

When we look back through life 

in our moments of Badness, bow 

few and how brief, are its gloamings 

of gladm 

Were it not for sin, death would 
never have had a beginning; ami 

it not for death, sin would never 
have had an ending. 

For the Companion. 
Prove all things: Hold lust that 
which in good. 

The Apostles' say there are di- 
versities of gifts ; (1 Cor. 12) so one 
moy have the discerning of spirit?, 
and another prophicies, &c.; and 
Peter tells us that there were false 
Prophets also among the people, 
even as there shall be false teachers 
among us, and many shall follow 
their pernicious ways by reason of 
whom the way of the truth shall be 
evil spoken of. Now we have many 
brethren who have good talents in 
speaking, and in writing too, andwc 
have others who can not speak or 
write so well, but they may discern 
by what kind of a spirit these talent 
ed preachers and writers speak, and 
whether it 13 all profitable or not. — 
There are some brethren, I think, 
who think a little too much of them- 
selves. For such, it would be well 
to remember the words of the Apos- 
tle (I Cor. 8 : 2), " If any man 
think that he knowcth anything he 
knoweth nothing vet as he ought to 
know." (see also 3: 18). 

Brethren, I like io read the Com- 
portion, I try to prove all things 
and hold fast that which is good, 
but I cannot well help but say that 
if we would get many such artieks 
as that of brother Lawyer's con- 
cerning dress, to., I believe it would 
do more harm than good, and I 
wonder if such will not be reproved 
by the old brethren. Such talk as 
brother L's. is certainly harmful in 
our Church. It will do* very well 
for Methodism and the surrounding 
so called christian churches, and if 
it had come from thence we could 

ea-ily bear the reproach. I almost 

wonder that brother L. ever joined 
in with such an odd people; but I 
suppose he hath not had much 
knowledge of their odd wa\ 

presume our Lain ohurches 

would be among the oddest to the 

brother ; and yet we hear i: 

th:it OUC members are bOO proud, 

and for that '• ne \*ill 

join others who have nearly the 

same doctrine as the Brethren, and 
make ;i little more ahon of humility. 

You may sav religion is not iu a 
shew of humility, ne to h that. 

but we are to abstain from all ap- 
pearance of evil, and if pride is n>t 
the appearance of evil, and if cov- 
eting to be like other Christians, or 
our neighbors, is not at the root of 
pride, then 1 have not yet learned 
what pride is. But I think I have 
learned a little by experience. It 
reminds me of an answer I gave to 

a person in my house long a^o. 

When she returned from a funeral, 
she said the minister made apology 
for his appearance (saying he had no 
pride in it). I said if he would appear 
humble and would say that he l' 
a little proud sometimes, I would 
sooner believe it, than if he appears 
proud or like the world, and tells 
me he is not proud. 

Now, brother L., you say if the 
Brethren would dress plainly instead 
of odd, or different from their neigh- 
bors, the young would fly to our 
banners by hundreds ; others 
they swarm to methodisui beca 
they are mocked and laughed at if 
they dress odd, & c . Now, dear 
brother, if you cannot teach your 
young people any better faith than 
that, they may a< well be Met! 
ists, because it* they must dress like 
them or their neighbors, or be mock- 
ed at, then they must also talk like 
they, laugh like they, fight like t! 
and do like they, or they will still 
be in danger of being mocked at.— 
But I do believe that if thev are 
righly taught and rightly eonrei 
to the Lord and his doctrine, then 
the Brethren need not tell them any 
more how to dr. , ai i m j t tu!lt 

we are not to follow the fashion of 
the world, but say we must take the 
right meaning of the | 

I chapter of Isaiah fr^iu 
the 16th verse to the end, and the 
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explain the true meaning of the 1 lth 

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For th* Companion. 
The liKsidiiar) (»uw. 


The advantitfjet of the Church for 
i, mmm '/the gospel. 

According to the apostolic au- 
thority, the advantages of the Jews 
■were much every way, because unto 
thoui were committed the oracles of 
God, rnul they lived and moved un- 
der the direct influence of their mi- 
raculous history. Now, all the wealth 
and moral influence which belong to 
that dispensation has beer! poured 
into the treasury of the christian 
church. "All these thingS happen- 
ed unto them for cnsamples ; and 
tiny are written for our admonition, 
upon whom the ends of the world 
are come." Nothing is lost in that 
economy, but transferred, accumula- 
ted, handed down from generation 
to generation, and put into wide cir- 
culation. "Not unto themselves but 
unto us they did minister the things 
which are now reported unto you by 
them that have preached the Gospel 
unto you which the Holy Ghost sent 
downfrom heaven ; which things the 
angels desire to look into." The 
Bible has thus discharged all the ac- 
cumulated moral influence and spir- 
itual wealth, of the last economy in- 
to the present, — "for whatsoever 
things were written aforetime, were 
written for our learning ; that we 
through patience and comfort of the 
ecriptures might have hope." All 
the great events and solemn transac- 
tions of the Old Testament may be 
regarded as having taken place in 
the christian church. Here its mir- 
acles arc still convincing, and its an- 
gelic messengers still appearing. — 
Here Moses is still teaching self-re- 
nunciation by wishing himself "blot- 
ted out from the book of life " for 
the good of others ; and David lead- 
ing the intercessions of the Church 
f.>r the salvation of the ends of the 
earth ; and the prophets testifying 
Of thfl sufferings of Christ and the 
glory that ihoud follow. Here we 
have the temple of Jerusalem stand- 
ing, its holy tires still burning, its 
\ietims still bleeding, its day of a- 
V>ncment still returning, and its 

sanctity still calling on the church 
for its entire consecration^ Here 
we have also the martyr-piety of A- 
bel and his acceptable offerings, the 
fearless fidelity of Enoch and his 
translation into heaven, the perse- 
vering obedience of Noah and his 
sal vatic n from the deluge, the Mis- 
sionary pilgrimage of Abraham and 
his lineage, and the self-sacrificing 
zeal of Moses in his pilgrimage to 
the promised land. Here the proph- 
et Jeremiah is still pouring forth his 
lamentations over Zion's pitiable 
state, and Nahum his thunderings 
against the enemies of God. And 
why all this, if not to give greater 
power and influence for the exten- 
sion of the gospel ? Paul so nobly 
and eloquently sets forth those splen- 
did constellations of excellence which 
glow and burn in his eleventh chap- 
ter to the Hebrews for us to imitate. 
Who can set limits to the moral 
greatness and christian devotedness 
which the mightier influences of the 
two economies poured into each oth- 
er should produce ? To know that 
the eternal Father should have so 
loved us as to give from his bosom 
"the express image of his person," 
should have such an effect upon us 
as to leave us no power but that of 
obedience, — no wish but that of re- 
doubling our means for the trans- 
mission of the gospel"to every crea- 
ture." To know that he who was 
rich should for our sakes become 
poor, — that the second person in 
the mysterious Godhead should per- 
sonally descend to our rescue, final- 
ly bow his head upon the cross and 
die "for the unjust," and if all hea- 
ven has been moved by this condes- 
cension and sacrifice of the Son of 
God, — surely, it should be sufficient 
to awaken the church to move and 
agitate all earth. Ye hear of an- 
other advent as of a rushing mighty 
wind— the Holy Spirit — converting 
and sanctifying human souls, and 
lastly, to find that each of the three 
persons in the Trinity is infinitely 
interested in our redemption, as a 
new bond of ineffable union, — should 
not only bo sufficient to teach us ad- 
miration and praise, but the great- 
of us living for the future, and 
to kindle within our heai ts the holy 

zeal and the unquenchable desire of i 
transmitting the great doctrine of 
inheritance throughout all the n 
tions of the earth. The great mas- 
terpiece of God is laid open before 
us, with an effusion of the Holy 
Spirit, to prepare us for the work 
which is set before us. The church 
need not establish theological schools 
to teach vain philosophy, creeds, and 
traditions of men for missionary 
qualifications, but each member has 
free access to the mysteries of God, 
recorded in the text-book of the 
school of Christ — the church itself. 
That inspired volume is amply stor- 
ed with truth, wisdom, and knowl- 
edge as requisite qualifications, to 
bring all nations to the knowledge 
of duty and regeneration. Within 
its treasury is deposited an almost 
inexaustible amount of matter, em- 
bracing within its compass the crea- 
tion of man, the destruction of the 
antediluvians by the rolling and 
surging billows of the deluge, the 
thunders of Mount Sinai, the cross 
on Calvary, the first fruits of the 
resurrection from the dead, and the 
general conflagration of the earth. 
We believe that each follower of 
Christ is in some degree held re- 
sponsible for neglecting to improve 
his talents in heavenly things, and 
neglecting to cast his influence for 
good. We indeed pity the condi- 
tion of that christian, who, though 
apparently pious enough to secure 
his own salvation, has nothing to 
transmit to his fellow-men. But the 
great responsibility rests upon the 
watchmen of/ion, who have to make 
the principle move in such a cause. 
It depends upon them to see wheth- 
er the commission is properly carri- 
ed out. If they find the church 
neglecting her duty, which it evi- 
dently is, they must call upon that 
body to provide means and materi- 
al, — "for how shall they preach ex- 
cept they be sent !" 

New Enterprise, Pa. 

To be Continued. 

Many of the gay sons and daugh- 
ters of pleasure never have a mo- 
ment of true happiness. 




For the Companion. 
Peaceful Death— No sure evi- 
dence ol Piety. 

It is my present design to show 
that a peaceful death is no sure evi- 
dence of piety, or that religious 
character cannot in all cases be de- 
termined by the manner of dying. 

For the opinion already advanced 
I offer the following reasons, first: 
other causes besides religion may ex 
cite the spirits and pour peace into 
the bosom of the dving man. Some 
diseases from their very nature 
cause the patient to feel secure and 
happy, while they are preying upon 
his very vitals. Such is the Con- 
sumtion, its victums frequently flat- 
ter themselves and others with the 
hope of recovery till they suddenly 
drop into eternity. In connexion 
with diseases, medicines are not un- 
frequeutly administered in the last 
hours and days of life, which lead to 

may sieze it with the ardour and stretched forth, the fruit was eaten, 
zeal of a saint. In some well known [ but sad wisdom. Such as Satan and 
instances of this nature in which ; his hellish crew experienced after 
tbe patients on being restored to j having raised a rebellious hand 
health have been found to be totally against heaven's King. Thus ran 

insensible to every thing which pas- 
sed during their sickness, and could 
not recollect and would not ac- 
knowledge a single expression of 
their conversation. Now had these 
persons died they might have been 
considered as extraordinary exam- 
ples of pious joy and christian tri- 
umph, when in fact this excitement 
was but the excitement of the spirits 
produced by medicine or disease. The 
patient is frequently made to look 
! at death without terror by the ex- 
I cruciating pain under which he la- 
bors. In the agony of disease he 
talks of death as a familiar and 
pleasing friend ; so far from fearing 
to meet it he is calm on its approach 
and even desires its relief. Others 

the first attempt. Since then the. 
whole world has been ransacked to 
find the priceless gem. The Nimro- 
dites thought, that by erecting a lof- 
ty tower whose point should far ex- i 
ceed the highest point of this terres- 
trial globe, and hold a proximate 
position to the firmamental worlds ; 
they might, from its summit, wrest 
a spark from the luminary orbs, a? 
they performed their revolutions by 
its heaven-piercing top, or at least, 
to manifest their own wisdom, by 
gaining unto themselves a name 
which would be held in reverence 
by all succeeding generations, thu* 
concentrating around its base the I 
earth's riches and population, thati 
they might with unlimited bound*, 

a mistake as to the actual state of] who8e disease appeared to ' be degper . I sway the sceptre of power and do 


the mind. Instances are not un 
known in .vhieh a patient has mani- 
fested a quiet submission in death 
when it was evident that he was 
made insensible to his situation by 
soporific drugs. Others again when 
under the operation of stimulants 
have had the liveliness and cheer- 
fulness of their spirits mistaken for 
spiritual joy. It is well known that 
persons in health when under the 
influence of ardent spirits are often 
free and foiward to converse on re- 
ligion, and m*ny who sneer at re- 
ligion when sober will take pains 
when partially intoxicated to mani- 
fest their zeal in religion. It is 
very natural to suppose, and facts 
corroborate the supposition, that 
the same effect may he produced in 
the dying man, by stimulating med- 
icines ; and these means may lead to 
very erroneous apprehensions as to 
his spiritual condition. It is veil 
known that fever often produces a 
high state of excitement in which if 
it be short of delirium the patient 
raised above himself. His 
feelings are strong, his imaginations 
lively, his affections ardent, his sen- 
sibility to danger taken away, and 
his conversation indicative of a 
happy state of mind. Present ro- 
igion before such a person, and he 

ate have seemed to be greatly exer 
cised with religious considerations 
and have calmly professed joy and 
peace in believing ; have been will- 
ing to depart ; have been confident 
of future happiness, and yet these 

minion over the inhabitants of the 
world ; but this was not wisdom and • 
for this cause God frustrated 'heir 
plans by miraculously giving differ- 
ent portions of them diflerent lan- 
guages and divergent dialects, thus 

very individuals on recovering have j dispersing them over the face of the 
manifested no regard to Christ or 
to his worship. On the contrary 
have become most vile and abandon- 
ed. But had they died in the midst 
of their joys, their friends would 
probably have consoled themselves 
with a confident assurance of their 
happy state beyond the grave. 


For the ComjxttiivH. 

The first and strongest desire uf 
the human heart appears to have 
been to get wisdom, and satan ku<>w 
ing this makes it the basis upon 
winch to work out his hellish de- 
signs in causing man to full. llmee 
ho says, "God doth know that in the 
day that yo eat thereof, then vmir 
eyas shall be opened and ye -hall 
be as <iods." The treat leapt* 
tiou ! To bo like Qedr. That wa^ 

the very fulness of their desires. 
Ah the fruit becomes pleasant to 

and the tree to be ,1, 
to make one wise. The is 

globe. Again : there was a Saul 
'< who sought wisdom, after having 
1 dismeritod it from the tiue source, 
1 yet determined to have it. We tee 
! him under cover of midnight dark- 
I noss and disguised, rejected of (tod, 
condemned and forlorn, wonding 
' slowly his way toward the town m 
Endor seeking for wisdom from a 
source which he knew to be wrong, 
and had previously condemned the 
way, even unto death hut poor Saul! 
What doos he heat ! The kingdom 
hath been taken from thee, because 
thou hast not seeped the roiaa of the 
Lord. This was not aiedoav A- 

gsia: The earth hath be. u >oaroh- 
ed fur its hidden tr. The 

veins for the silver and tin- pi.. 
gold hath been found, and refined 
into a j-i\ .it around which tho world 

ui.ives. The ii. .n and the brass here 

been drawn from their place ..1 con- 
cealment and formed into the strength 
and defence 
this is not w 
fowls of the a 

of nations. \ el ill T 
lisdoui. Again : Tim /J* 
ir have spread their V\ 


1 12 


win - ami soared aloft, over moun- 
tains and vallics, hills and dales, and 
the sharp piercing eye of the Vul- 
ture has scanned ever secret place 
yet there is a path which they have 
not seen. The howling wilderness, 
and the burning deserts, the dismal 
caves and the desolate places, have 
been traversed by the fierce lion and 
her craving whelps, yet they have 
not passed by it. If we sink down 
into the very depths of the earth, 
and there seek it, we hear rumbling 
from its dark caverns, Not — in — us. 
If we ascend into the luminary 
heavens and chase with lightning 
speed the dazzling orbs around their 
common centre, we might, with un- 
felt reverence, behold the wonder- 
ful aad sublime effects, but that 
would not he wisdom. The wise 
man ^aid that he had found that God 
had made man upright, but they 
have sought out many inventions ; 
yet they have not found wisdom, be- 
cause it is far oft", and exceeding 
deep ; who can find it. Destruction 
and death say, we have heard of 
its fame, but we know not its rest- 
ing place. 

Again: It hath been said, canst 
thou bind the sweet influence of the 
Pleiades, or loose the bands of Ori- 
on, or canst thou guide Arcturus 
with her suns, or send lightnings 
over heaven's darkened canopy that 
we may come unto thee, .and say: 
here we are, teach us ? Notwith- 
standing it is not in the land of the 
living, and its price far above that 
of rubies, yet it may be found. — 
But where, or to whom shall we point 
the inquirer. The Astronomer says: 
Come to me, I am an old man of 
much experience. Ever since the 
fathers fell asleep, I have been, and j 
while nations lie unconsciously in 
the arms of sleep, 1 lndd sweet com- 1 
inunieation with the heavenly orbs, 
and Bros have learned their mighty 
revolutions and relative bearings. I 
can teach you. The Philosopher 
says: come tome, I hold the en- 
chanted key, and have fathomed 
the very depth of the hypothesis by j 
which "all effects, both natural and 
moral arc explained. I can teach 
you. The Geologist says: Come 
wi'h me! That which ye seek lies 

far beneath, in the dark caverns of 
the earth. I hold the "magic lan- 
tern," and can easily find it. But 
the depth saith, it is not in me. 

Again: The sciences have been 
united. Temples of fame have been 
erected. Men of lore have taken 
their respective departments, and 
with unflinching purpose of mind, 
have determined to seek out the hid- 
den path, but oh ! what a babel of 
wisdom it is. One says I have it. 
Another, I have it. All think they 
have it, yet none have it, because 
it hath been declared of old : "That 
I man knoweth not wisdom, neither is 
j it found in the land of the living." 
Whence then cometh wisdom, and 
where is the place of understanding 
I since it i3 hid from the eyes of all 
living \ "God understandeth the 
way thereof, and he knoweth the 
place thereof, and unto man he saith, 
Behold — the fear of the Lord, that 
is wisdom and to depart from evil is 

McOonnehtown, Pa. 

Xeglccl not the Assemblng ot 
yourselves* together. 

What a refrcshig time it is to our 
weary souls to meet all the Breth- 
ren and Sisters together at the place 
appointed for public worship, where 
we may be built up and encouraged 
to press forward and to hold out 
faithful a few more days. 

But, ! how often do we meet 
with less than one half of the Breth- 
ren and Sisters that might have met 
with us, cspecilly at church meet- 
ings. It seems as if they thought 
there was nothing for them to do. 

Do they not say "we have so much 
work at home that ought to be 
done. 1 will stay at home to-day ani 
do it, and when I have nothing else 
to do 1 will go to meeting V" 

Brethren be not deceived, that time 
will never come, but you may rest 
assured the time will soon come, 
when \'ju will have no enjoyment in 
going to meeting ; when you can en- 
joy yourself better almost anywhere 
else than you can at meeting. 

Then, alas ! where is the light you 
show to the world ; and if that light 
that is in you is darkness, how great is 

that darkness ? I have known Breth- 
ren, and Sisters too, to exuse them- 
selves from going to meeting, on the 
ground that they had visitors that 
day ; well then why did you not try 
to come and bring them along with 
you to meeting? You certainly 
would have enjoyed yourself better, 
and it might have been an everlast- 
ing blessing to them. Others I have 
known to go away from home to 
pay visits. Others excuse them- 
selves because thy have not got as 
good clothes as they would like to 
have, I suppose there arc no Breth- 
ren or Sisters in the Church who 
have not more apparal than the 
young man had who followed Je 
8us : he had nothing but a linen 
cloth cast about his naked body, 
(see Mark 14 51.) 

Some may excuse themselves 
thus, I am not a preacher, It is im- 
material whether I go or stay at home. 

That is not the way that Aaron 
and Hur reasoned ; they did not say 
because we are not the leaders of 
Israel it will do no good for us to 
stand by Moses and hold up his 
hands. No but they stood up till 
the going down of the sun, and 
stayed up the hands of Moses, the 
one on the one side and the other 
on the other side ; consequently the 
children of Israel prevailed. Just so 
we can stay up the hands of our min- 
istering brethren by our presence. — 
Then let us not neglect the assem- 
bling of ourselves together as the 
manner of some is. 


Nolle »v ill e, Ind, 

m m 

For the Companion. 
Listen to the try! 

"The harvest it plenty but the laborers are 

This subject has made quite an 
impression on my mind, as well as 
many others. We hear the cry 
from the East, West, North, and 
South, for more ministering breth- 
ren. Why is it that there is such a 
deficiency in the number of the 
Lord's laborers in the great cause 
of salvation? W r hy is it our dea- 
cons do not arouse to a sense of du- 
ty, and increase the material which 
is so much needed ? May it be the 

i&fcjf 5 ^ 



duty of every brother and si-.tcr to 
pray for the advance and immediate 
prosecution of this mighty work ; 
may the laborers be furnish d im- 
mediately, aa Popery is making its 
mighty strides in and through our 
land, teaching for doctrines the com- 
mandments of men. Let us arouse 
from that state of lethergy, and lay 
hold of the Gospel plow, and never 
wilfully look back, but press forward 
to the prize of our high calling.-— 
"Awake thou that sleepcst ; arise 
from the dead, and christ shall give 
thee light." That light our Lord 
and Master will give us if we will 
but obey, and ask in faith, believing 
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of 
the true and livyig God. He will 
also give us ministers if we ask in 
faith, and do that which he has com- 
manded us. 


Concmauijh, Pa. 


A IMennaut Surprise. 

young man, of eiuhtecn 


a or 



twenty, a student m a 
took a walk one day with a profes- 
sor, who was commonly called the 
student's friend, such was his kind- 
ness to the young men whom it was 
his office to instruct. 

While they were now walking to- 
gether, and the professor was seek- 
ing to lead the conversation to 
grave subjects, they saw a pair of 
old shoes lying in the path, which 
they supposed belonged to a poor 
man who was at work in the field 
close by and who had nearly finished 
his day's work. 

The young student turned to the 
professor, saying : "Let us play the 
man a trick. We will hide his 
shoes, and conceal ourselves behind 
those bushes, and watch to see his 
perplexity when he cannot find 

"My dear friend," answered tho 
profossor, " wo must never amuse 
ourselves at the expense of tlie 
poor. Hut you are rich, and y-u 
may give yourself a much greater 
pleasure by means of tin.-, pDOf man. 
Put a dollar in each .shoe, and then 
. wo will hide ourselves." 

The student did so, and then plac- 
ed himself with tho professor behind 
tho bushes hard by, through which 
they could easily watch the laborer, 
and see whatever wonder or joy he 
might express. 

The poor man finished his work, 
and came across the field to the 
path'where he had left his coat and 
shoes. While he put on the coat 
he slipped one foot into one of his 
shoes ; but feeling something hard 
he stooped down and found the dol- 
lar. Astonishment and wonder 
were seen upon his countenance ; he 
gazed upon the dollar, turned it 
around, and looked again and again; 
then he looked around on all sides, 
but could sec no one. Now he put 
the money into his pocket, and pro- 
ceeded to put on the other shoe ; 
but how great was his astonishment 
when he found the other dollar ! 
His feelings overcame him ; he fell 
upon his knees, looked up to heaven, 
and uttered aloud a fervent thanks- 
giving, in which iie spoke of his wife 
siek and helpless, and his children 
without bread, whom this timely 
bounty from some unknown hand 
would save from perishing. 

The young man stood there deep- 
ly affected, and the tears filled his 

"Now said the professor, "arc 
you not much better pleased than if 
you had played your intended 
trick ?" 

"(>, dearest sir," answered the 
youth, "you have taught me a les- 
son now that I will never forget. 
I feel now the truth of the words 
which I never before understood : 

"It is better to give than to 


cieve. i ■ '■ ' ■ 

Wo should never approach the 
poor but with a wish to do th m good. 


Tyrone City, Pa., April 1G, 1867. 

■•Don't all s|»«nU ill ourc." 
Tho correspond, u'-e of brother 
Lawvor, in No. 14, has ar 1 to 
life a number of our readers, who 
have been unmoved f>r bohi • time 
past. Several would give him very 

severe reproofs, while others think 
he will fall under the judgment of 
the decisions of An. Meeting. Now 
wc cannot give place to all these 
letters, and propose, that some one 
who can, wiU give brother Lawver a 
good explanation, accompanied with 
the very best reasons for tho cus- 
toms, tho essentiality of which he 
doubts. Wc have reason? for be- 
lieving that brother L. possesses 
some good qualities, and deserves 
to receive Borne nourishment and 
cultivation from the Church. Give 
him the best arguments that can be 
produced in favor of all our customs 
of wearing clothing, and if he wil] 
not be persuaded then we will give 
him over. 

Brother J. E. Pfautz' "Review of 
the Co mpa nio n " also meets with se. 
vere criticisms, some of which we 
agree, may be deserved. 

And lastly, we come in for our 
share of reproof for admitting such 
articles. Of course we must plead 
guilty, and hopo our critics will be 
able to see how we were led to com- 
mit the error — it error it is. 

"Rff. Joseph Horst, D. I>." 

We have received a letter (tliough 
not directly addressed to the editor) 
signed exactly as above. We had 
it put in type, verbatim et liter ttim, 
intending to publish it, in order to 
show up the author in his prop* 
light, and by hi- MM words. I \mn 
more mature reflection, and with the 
advice of an elder brother, thai idea 
was abandon. ,1, the letter heing 
considered too \ulgar and | mc 
to bo placed in the columns of a re- 
ligion- j.ip. r. 

llorsl imagines hinwolf very much 
niMiltud by vm diary n |H ■ some 
time tgO, and threatens t* i • ., te 

us, |ad expose us in ,ui th< 

Noi bfl it dUiucly kn.-wo 
that we would not /»>ft'c# Aim, nly 






for tho benefit of our readers. He ia 
a character that deserves to be 
marked. He comes in the form of 
humility, and is fond of traveling 
ani'Uig our Brethren, and stopping 
with them, but in fact, is their in- 
veterate enemy. He is about 5 ft. 
l J inches high, and 50 or more years 
of age ; sandy hair, wears a full 
heard, and speaks tha English lan- 
guage very imperfectly, being a na- 
tive of Germany. With the above 
description we hope our rerders will 
be able to know him. 

<lo (Our (Lorrespoub-ents. 

1 dor this head we will notice and reply to 
correspondent*, and give other notices, when 
il is thought advisable to withhold the real 
name. Wt demand, in all cases, the writer's 
'uame, and resent to ourself the privilege 
of determining the propiiety of publishing 

L.L. ToMnjtroii.— How much, and when 
did she pay, and by whom was the money 
*cnt. The name is not on our books. 

Jacob L. Mtbbs. — Sec our advertisement 
of nymn Books in this No. 

Jacob Huntsi wgbr.— Hare no German 
Reviled Nov Testament. Martin Latter 1 ! 
translation is believed to be pretty accui ate 
and quite full. 

\V. W. Harris.— We published obituary 
of Elder David Albaugh, in No. 12, 
present volume. 

Addrcss — Brother Joseph F. Rohrer's ad- 
dress is Smitbburg, Washington Co., Md. 

I). LiNQteNTS — One of our agents who is 
tired of sending la his subscriptions by little 
dribs, thinks we ought to publish a notice and 
urge thcin to pay up. While wc agree with 
our agent that all subscriptions should be paid 
up. yet we do not like to publish a dun, but 
we will say that unless the credit system will 
be more respected, we will abandon it entire- 
ly after this volume cloaca. 

« orkej»im»\dex<:e. 

lit NTTNQTOV, IND., ) 

April 5th, '67. f 
l>,.ir Brother .—I wish, for the 
encouragement of those intei 
in the good C » U 8C, . to say through 
tac r », that 1 have ju-t re- 

turned from a verj pleasant visit in 
. Michigan. We had Shir- 
teen meetings, which wert ir-Mierally 
well attended, and the people gave 

very good attention to the word 
preached. Eleven wero added to 
the Church by baptism, and many 
more felt the solemn obligation they 
arc under, to live a holy life. I 
pray God that those impressions may 
not be worn off. Every where the 
people wanted more preaching, and 
we were made to feel truly that the 
harvest is great but the laborers are 
few. Brother Barnhart, about all 
the laboring brother in that part of 
State, does all he can for the cause, 
but his labors are so that he only 
preaches in each neighborhood once 
in eight weeks, which is too long. Are 
there not some good young brethren 
who would like to move to that good 
country. Michigan cannot be ex- 
celled for fertile soil, and good fruit, 
good health, and good water, and 
good roads. I think it as pleasant 
a place to live, all things considered, 
as ever I saw. 


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Beautiful upon the mountains 

Are the messengers of peace, 
Publishing the nows of pardon 

Through a Savior's righteousness ! 
Joyful tidings 
Of a Savior's righteousness. 

Hark ! the voice of Jesus calling, 

"Heralds of my Cross, arise ! 
Go and publish news of pardon ! 

Sec a world in ruin lies ! 
l'rcach 'salvation !' 
Till I call you to the skies 1" 

Jesus, we obey thy summons ; * 

.Vc thy servants waiting stand ; 

When our soug of praise is ended, 
We will go at thy command .' 
Great Redeemer, 

Guide us by thine own right hand ! 

8ccncs ol love and sacred friendship, 
We will bid you aU "Farewell !" 

O'er the earth's wide face we wonder, 
News of Jesus' love to tell ! 
Christian soldiers, 

Tfc must part and say "Farewell !" 

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In our songs, as God we prals'd, 

And around our altars bending, 
1'ray'r at morn and cveuing raU'd ! 
Perhaps never 

Shall we join on earth in pralte. 

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On the mount of God above : 
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Savior, bring u-> 
Sadly to our home above ' 


fforriti fttveh 

Forth: i '.Hiijxinion. 
Reply to A. I < «<l> . Jr. 

On the first Sundew Schvol in the 
I. nit, ,{ State*. 

The article referred too, id a mis- 
representation of facts — erroneously 
applied to the Dunkers, and origina- 
ted as follows. In the Spring of 
1865 a friend of mine, who was call- 
ed upon to deliver an address before 
the Sunday School Teacher's meet- 
ing of Pnilada., requested me to fur- 
dud him the material for the pur- 
pose. Consequently] wrote a snort 
essay on the subject, which be em 
b<di"d*iu his address. M my of the 
statements were so strange, and rev- 
olutionary to tho generally received 
opinions, that notes were taken by 
, different baud.*, and published in the 

principal papers on both sides of the 
Atlantic. Thus it was cut up, a- 
bridged, copied and re-copied, until 
it got as the Companion published 
it. But the Dunkers have nothing 
to do with it, as they had no exist- 
ence under that name ^ three centii- 
ries ago" and it further conflicts 
with their history, as they came o- 
ver in 1719, fifteen years before the 
landing of the Schwenkfelders. For 
the satisfaction of thoso interested I 
will add a few extracts from the or- 
iginal as delivered : 

"In Great Britain, and very gen- 
erally in this country, the origin of 
Sunday Schools is ascribed to an 
Englishman, named Robert Raikes, 
who was born in 1736, and when he 
was 45 years old, or in 1781 first 
commenced gathering a few persons 
together on Sundays to teach them 
how to read, &c. lie accompanied 
these lessons with some religious 
teachings, and through the eager 
thirst for knowledge among the ig- 
norant people by whom he was sur- 
rounded, his school soon increased 
so that he commenced employing as- 
sistant teachers, paying them at the 
rate of a shilling a day for their ser- 
vices. Aud so from this commence- 
ment of the great system of Sunday 
Schools in England, it has beon per- 
sistently asserted that thcrt they or- 
iginated, and that Robert Raikes 
was their originator. But believing 
that Sunday Schools wese instituted 
long beiore Robert Raikes oxi 
I trust you will indulge me while in 
a few words I refer to some of the 

grounds of this belief." 

* * * * * * * 

"Reformers ars neceasarilv 

Students and thinkers and as the 

greal reformation of the L6th centu- 
ry was a reHgiout one, of course 
their studies were id' a religious at 
turo, an I there probably never was 

a time when the Bible was so unl- 
viTK'ilIii read and ttudied by tl 
telligont people of" that country as 

during the three centuries which en- 
ded with the year 1750. This thirst 
for religious knowledge gave rise to 
Sunday Schools and Bible classes, 
for it is well known among the Ger- 
mans that the followers of Casper 
Schwenkfeld, a noted reformer of 
noble birth, cotemporaneous,andfor 
a while a fellow-laborer with Martin 
Luther, had Sunday Schools among 
them in different parts of Silesia al- 
most as early as the reformation, &c. 
According to Pronds' history the 
Schwenkfelders were tolerated in 
various parts of Germany for about 
two hundred years, when a severe 
persecution was commenced against 
— not only them, but the Menonitet, 
Dunkers, Separatists and other dis- 
senters. Many of these people, in- 
cluding almost the whole body 
of Schwenkfelders came to Pennsyl- 
vania about 1733 to 1735; the lat- 
ter eotding principally in the coun- 
ties of Montgomery and Berks." 
***■"* # 

A friend (alluding to myself) who 
is learned in the history of these re- 
formers, and who, himself a Hunker, 
resides among the descendants of 

. religious people, has 
collected a large library of rare re- 
ligious works of that period. In 
this library is * print $d munuel in- 
tended for Sunday School instruc- 
tion, compiled by Johann Werner, 
in 154(3, the first edition of which 
was printed in 1558. Thus prov- 
ing that Sunday Schools were alrea- 
dy established among these people 
in sufficient numbers to Marram the 
—in that period-— great axpen 
printing a manuel for their use, al- 
most two and a Quarter centuries 
before Robert ELaikos opem I his 

1 al- 
saoai to szterminati >n until l 

iinant embark) 1 from Altoo- 

na in Denmark, ' 

thej arrived in th. 

•^^- , , 


od prii 


I :irt 01 

hi narotfter, 
and 0<khenhoppen, 
Montgomery County. 
Their loading member or minister 
at that time was George Weiss, a 
scholar, ami eminent for his 
and piety. He located him- 
self in Towamenein, and in accord- 
ance with their custom, so long es- 
tablished in Germany, at once pre- 
pared to open a church and a Sun- 
day Sshool. Consequently their 
lay School and meeting- 
house was huil there, and remained 
in regular use until torn down and 
rebuilt, about 20 years ago. 

"In this building Sunday Schools 
were held as early as 17o. r >, a year 
before Robert Raikos was born, and 
45 Years before his first Sunday 
l, for my friend has in his pos- 
session an unfinished M. S. manuel, 
compiled by George Wcisz*, and in 
his own hand writing, in which he 
says, it was written to assist par- 
ents and teachers in the catachcti- 
cal instruction of the rising genera- 
tion. It is without date, but in the 
preface by another hand, it is sta- 
ted that the author died March 2nd, 
1740, and -that he used these in- 
structions to the day of his death. — 
If this be so, Sunday Schools were 
even in this country, in practical op- 
eration nearly half a century before 
they were known in England. 
♦ * * * * * 

"But aside from these authorities 
the fact is well known by these peo- 


not for pay, but gratuitously, 
people among whom they are loca- duties 
ted arc innocent, unassuming, and 
unsophisticated, learned in religious 
knowledge, but having little worldly 
wisdom. They arc almost univer- 
tally non-resistants, refusing even 
to appeal to court when imposed up- 
on. Thcirlanguage is differcntfrom 
ours, and because they do not un- 
derstand ours, and many other things 
with which we arc familiar, they are 
regarded as stupid and ignorant by 
many, whom they in turn are amaz- 
ed and profoundly grieved to find, 
arc utterly ignorant of that heaven- 
ly wisdom which is their own daily 
thought and study," 

Hoping the above explanation and 
extracts will fully clear up the mat- 
ter, I remain yours in the Lord, 
Abr'm. H. CASSEL. 

TTarlcysviUe, Pa. 

For the Companion 

'•Let IiOTC be without Dissinmla- 

We find no subject in God's holy 
Book more spoken of, and recom- 
mended to those who would form an 
acquaintance with Christ, than that 
of love. Love and faith are the two 
great levers which alone can pro- 
mote true godliness ; and without 

rforra these obligatory 
beloved apostle says 
"Beloved, Jet us love one another, 
for love is of God, and every one 
that loveth is born of God, and know- 
cth God. (John 4: 7.) The fol- 
lowing quotations further show, with 
what earnestness the Apostles charg- 
ed their followers to cultivate a spir- 
it of love. "Jxne is the first fruit 
of the spirit." (Gal. 5: 22.) "I 
is the bond of pcrfectness." (Col. 
12 : 14.) "Love is the fulfilling of 
the law." (Rom. 13 : 10.) *£ove 
is the debt we owe one to another." 
(verse 8.) " Love is the path the 
followers of God arc called to walk 
in as dear children." (Eph. 5:1, 2) 
"By love we are to serve one anoth- 
er." (Gal. 5: 13.) "Love shall cov- 
er the multitude of sins among us." 
(1 Peter 4 : 8.) "Love shall never 
fail, and is the greatest of graces." 
(1 Cor. 13: 8— 13.) And all this 
love, as we are commanded in the 
text, shall not be with dissimulation, 
that is with dissimilar or partial 
feelings, but pure, flowing from an 
upright, from a sin-purged heart, 
prompted by true motives — not slov- 
enly, careless, but fervently. Hear 
what Peter savs to this: "See that 
you love one another with a pure 
heart fervently." (1 Peter 1 : 22.) 

these all else falls to the ground, i And John says : "Let us not love in 
however devoutly zealous it may ap- ' word, neither in tongue ; buU'n deed 

that these schools have existed 

pear. We read in Paul's letter to 
the Hebrews : "he that cometh to 
God must believe that he is, and that 
he is a re warder of them that dili- 
gently seek him." Then all other 

a selfish, and distant manner, — no 

use in obeying the outward ordi- 

Tery far back, and in which re- nances of religion, and not have 

ie knowledge and Biblical in- "the mind of Christ" in the hcavt- 

among them for centuries, not only 
in this country but in the Fafllt r- 
Thoy are still kept up among 
them to th'i^ day, and are called 
/ . ,- /,.//,, . Two of them, which 

•i<>n are given, a.- in our Bible 
are in the neighborhood 
irhcre my friend ra- distance from God 

mencin. ' They are graded 
classes, <>r a higher and low 
ng on alternate Sunda; 

the high 
r TArhr met but monthly. The 
higher cl oght by the minis- 

teachers who 
ted and licensed by the 

and in truth" (1 John 3 : 18.)- 
And the Savior emphatically says : 
"This is my commandment, that ye 
love one another as I have loved you." 
(John 15 : 12.) Here Christ de- 

pretensions must ultimately fail. — mands the same earnestness of love 
Thcro is no use in coming to God in of his followers, as was in him. He, 

■ ■ ""■• ... , 

/J Church, and perform their labors which prompt* us by 

no use in showing our piety before 
men, when alas, the heart is at a 
All is vain, — 
in two all prayers, alms-giving, feeding the 
poor with needful bread, clothing 
the naked, visiting the sick, fre- 
quenting places of public worship, 
being regarded as zealous church 
members, all, all is vain, if love, 
true, heart-felt love to God and all 
his creatures, i< not the sole motive 


being willing of his own accord to 
lay down his life for us, also justly 
demands this of his followers. This 
in the gospel time, has been verifi- 
ed in thousands of instances, and, 
no doubt, if persecution should again 
arise, would again be demanded of 
us, for Christ and his words sake. — 
Christ also taught us that our love 
should extend further than only "to 
those who love us." "For if ve love 
them which love you, what reward 
have you ? do not even the publi- 
cans the same ? And if ye salute 
your brethren only, what do ye more ^T* 
than others ? do not even the publi- /^ 


>J S 





! How selfish, stubborn, ill-will- 
inorose, and discontented ! All 

cans the same ? (Matth.5 : 40, 47.) 
Here, the Savior infers, that to love 
and salute our brethren only is not 
doing much yet, although we are 
earnestly commanded to love them 
truly. But if brotherly love is in 
primeval purity dwelling in the heart 
it will of itself extend further than 
ifcerely to the brethren ; for the na- 
ture of true love is not satisfied to 
move in such a limited sphere. 

How cold and indifferent, dear 
brethren and sisters, do we feel if 
our love to Christ and his word grows 

Cd, u 

this is because our love to God and 
his children is cooling down. We 
can no more see beauty in his com- 
mands, no need of his graces — no 
friendship to his followers. 0, how 
distant then does God and Christ 
seem ! How cold and formal our 
prayers. How burdensome our du- 
ties we owe one to another. We 
wish to care alone for us, and if oth? 
ers need help we feel angry and un- 
willing to help, charging them with 
carelessness and negligence ! And 
the plain and weighty injunction of 
our Savior, when he says : ^Bless- 
ed are they that do hunger and 
thirst after righteousness, for they 
shall be filled," does not seem to 
please nor interest us. Alas, when 
the spirit of true love has left us we 
are wretches, unfit to perform any- 
thing to edify ourselves, nor to glo- 
rify our Maker. Families cease to 
enjoy peace ; congregations can no 
more flourish; conversions are being 
formal, and all relish for true holi- 
ness ceases when true love, love un- 
feigned — love without dissimulation, 
no more dwells within us, no more 
feeds us with healthful food. 

tSkipjHick, Pa. 

J \>r tlit CutHpanloti 
There 1m ii 4. oil. 

Mu. Koiiou: All nature de- 
clares, in the language too plain to 
be mis understood. The great truth 
is too legibly written over the face 
of the whole creation to be easily 
mistaken. Thou canst behold it in 
the tender blade, just starting from 
tho earth in early spring, or in the 

sturdy oak that hath withstood the 
blasts of fourscore winters. The 
purling rivulets meandering through 
the downy meadows and verdant 
glens, and Niagara's tremendous 
torrent, leaping over its awful chasm, 
and rolling in majesty its broad 
sheet of waters over and onward to- 
wards the ocean, unite in proclaim- 
ing, "Thsre is a God." 

'Tis heard in the soft whisper's of 
evening's gentle zephyrs, and in the 
howling storms of night ; in the 
deep-toned thunder, and in the 
earthquake's shock. 'Tis declared 
to us in the tempest, when the hur- 
ricane sweeps the land, and when 
the winds moan around our dwell- 
ings and die in sullen murmurs on 
the distant plain ; and when hea- 
ven's concave is overcast with 
blackness, and ever and anon illu- 
minated with the lightning's lurid 
glare. Nor is the truth less sol- 
emnly impressed upon our minds ir. 
the universal hush and calm repose 
of nature, when all is still as the 
soft breathings of a slumbering in- 
fant. The vast ocean, when its 
heaving waves roll mountain upon 
mountain high, or when the dark 
blue of heaven's vault is reflected 
with beauty upou its smooth and . 
tranquil surface, it confirms the dec- 

Man, so fearfully made — the no- 
blest work of God ; each joint in 
its corresponding socket ; each mus- 
cle, tendon and artery j)erforiui ng 
their allotted functions, with all the 
precision of the most perfect me- 
chanism, and surpassing all in a 
soul, (placed there by God) capa- 
ble of enjoying the most exquisite 
ph-asurcs, or enduring the most ex- 
cruciating agony of either body or 
mind, all unite in proclaiming the 
one general truth, that there is a 
lieing, infinite in wisdom, tilling all 
. incomprehensible in nature, 
inell'able in glory, fountain of all 
life, from whom all blessings ftow, 
and in whom all happiness II 

J. S. (ilTT. 

A', ui ilj / ,-./, J\i. 

Cultivate a habit of method 
order in all that you do. 

For the Companion. 
Origin of the River Brethren. 

It is not my intention to contra- 
dict the translation of brother Snow- 
berger, as found on page 55, present 
volume, but only wish to give your 
readers some light on the subject. 

I intimated some time since, that 
two of the principal founders of that 
Church, Hans and Jacob Engle, 
were Mennonites. I will state w-hat 
has been related to me by my an- 
cestors. About the year 17G0, 
Melchoir Brencman and my grand- 
father, John Stehman, and others 
emigrated from a Mennonite settle- 
ment near Pequea, Lancaster Co., 
Pa., and formed a Mennonite set- 
, tlement on the bank of the Suque- 
hannah River, near where Baiu- 
! bridge now stands. Melchoir Bren- 
eman was elected their preacher. — 
Some time later the parents of 
Hans and Jacob Engle emigrated to 
this settlement from Germany .~ 
They being Mennonites, they were 
admitted as such, at that time Hans 
being 15 or 16 years old; Jacob 
was but a small boy. In due time 
both were taken into the Mennonite 
Church, but being considered prom- 
inont members of that Church up to 
the time when Martin Boehin (the 
great leader of the United Brethren) 
began to Dreach in tha: or- 

hood. Some of the Mennoni 
Hans and Jacob Engle, my uncle 
John Greider, and otiie: - led 

hM : -. and for some time gave 

assent and applauded his preaching. 
All seemed harmony, but in the ab- 
sence of 1! •ehm they began to have 
prayer meetings at their private 
houses, and so in concluded to form 
I Church, as they thought, more in 
barmonj with the primitive Church 

thaii tha- .m. 1 | . , or 

h'-ard i( 1 that I 

founders of the Hi\ t -r Brethren b i 

. Broth- 

ren, or even thi 

in tl 

of that Church t:. 

river, b« tn . , 


JOHN sn:iiM\\. 

— " 

& ,4 ? 




he Companion. 
The niMiouary Cause. 


Pfi ;M, a meant of mfluene for 
j tention of the gospel 

By the general consent of society 
money became the representative 
of all property, and as such, is the 
key to all the avenues of worldly 
aggr&ndixment and enjoyment. It 
sways the heart of the world, and he- 
longs to the history of the world. 
Industry has toiled for it, specula- 
tion has gambled for it ; enterprise 
has hasarded life for it ; covetous- 
ness worshipped it ; and poverty 
rejoiced at it. Scripture disignatcs 
it the root of all evil. Its history 
is nothing less than projects ot cruel 
ambitions, avaricious crime, san- 
guinary wars, and national oppres- 
sions. How seldom is it diverted 
from sin, and how often carried past 
the temple of God on its way to 
some shrine of satan ! Now if the 
christian, in proportion to his means 
would give liberally to support the 
missionary cause, how beautifully 
would he vindicate the claims of 

the glorious gospel ! If so poor in 

worldly circumstances as to enable 
him to cast but a "mite" into the 
kreMurr of the temple, his influence, 
(notwithstanding the apparently 
trifling pittance,) would be power- 
fully felt in the diffusion of the gos- 
pel ; because it depends not on the 
amount alone, but on the way in 
which it is given and employed. 
There is a call, and an urgent call 
from almost every quarter of the 
globe, and to send them the messen- 
gers of peace and salvation. How 
often must we hear the cry, "the 
harvest is great, hut the laborers are 
icv, !" "The wilderness and the sol- 
itary places, the isles and the inhab- 
itants thereof are lifting up their 
voices," entreating "come over and 
help us." Ethcopia's sable sons are 
now waiting for the gospel of peace, 
and hailing the arrival of its messen- 
gers in the sunny South. In every 
clime and in every country they 
are "lifting up their voices from 
their rods, and shouting from the 
tope of their mountains, in expecta- 

tion of the heralds of peace, and 
ready to receive them with open 
arms. How can the members ex- 
pect the church to send out her 
messengers, unless supplied with 
pecuniary means. Will they, to 
whom God has given wealth, suffer 
their minds to be so governed by 
the "mammon of unrighteousness, 
as to refuse to bring fourth their 
treasures at the call of the church, 
as a means of "delivering those who 
are ready to perish," and rescuing 
their souls from distruction ? If so 
where is their love to the Savior? 
where their benevolence toward man? 
Where is their belief of the impor- 
tance of eternal realities ? and 
where is the evidence to distinguish 
them by their christian name ? 
Were all the members of the church 
to bestow a tenth portion of their 
overplus income, what an enormous 
amount would in a short time accu- 
mulate from such a thriving and in- 
dustrious people as the brethren are 
in general ! And we verily believe 
the Lord would abudantly bless and 
prosper them in the future, both 
spiritually and physically, for devo- 
ting their influences to such an urg- 
ing cause. But we fear there are 
many pretended followers of Christ 
who apparently "take up the cross" 
but are not willing to submit to 
some sacrifices for his sake and the 
gospel. What, if we were called 
upon by God as the apostles were 
to forsake friends, houses and lands 
for Christ's sake, and to travel into 
foreign countries ' to propigate the 
gospel ! This same call will reach a 
certain portion of the ministers of 
the gospel at the present day. 
What if we were required to sell all 
we had and give to the poor, as an 
evidence of the sincirity of our 
christian professions, as in the case 
of the young man of large posses- 
doBel What if wo were required 
to submit to persecutions and tor- 
ments, like the first christians or to 
flee to deserts, rocks, mountains, 
and dens like the pious and perse- 
cuted Waldenses I Such sacrifices 
would indeed be great, but not too 
great for "the eternal weight of 
glory" awaiting us as "heirs of God 
and joint-hoirs with Christ." How 

small a sacrifice is the tenth portion 
of our income, compared to the 
privations, persecutions, and suffer- 
ings of those illustrious characters 
of whom the world was not worthy ! 
It is said of our late lamented broth- 
er (Elder John Kline,) that for 
many years he contributed his en- 
tire overplus income for the benefit 
of the poor and the church ! and 
aside of this benevolent liberality, 

"He often crowed the mountains high, 
AaA ofim journeyed prairies through, 

To warn the tlock, of dangers nigh, 
And tell them what they ought to dB\' r 

Thanks be to God that such noble 
devout, and pious characters are yet 
in the church. They are in the 
true sense of the word, the support 
of the church and "the salt of the 
earth." Their influences are felt 
throughout every department of so> 
ciety, though departed, and gone 
to that of bright spirits, were Jesus 
and all the holy intelligences are. 

New Enterprise, Pa. 

To be Continued. 

Selected for the Companion- 
Christ's Atonement. 

That Christ atone-c for the sins of 
the world is a fact which we hope is 
denied by but few christians. But 
as we have become cognizant of the 
fact, that there are some christian 
professors who claim that there was 
no atonement made by Christ, for 
the world, we will examine the sub- 
ject. We shall endeavor to prove 
that Christ did make atonement for 
the whole world. We intend this 
article for the perusal of the Bible 
readers, and we, while writing this 
article, are under the impression 
that all who read it, know, that, be- 
fore the death upon the cross, the 
sin of our first parents was imputed 
to the whole human family. Unless 
this would have been so Christ 
would not have accomplished any- 
thing by his death ; for he certainly 
did atone for sin, yet we cannot 
reasonably suppose that he atoned 
for any sin of commission, for there 
were many sins of this kind that 
were not yet committed. He did 
not atone for that which wag not, 
yet we are assured that "without , 







shedding of blood ia no remission. — 
Heb. 9 : 22 He died for the sin that 
was imputed to the world, and 
through the merits of his death all 
men are free from sin until they are 
old enough to distinguish good from 
evil, and then sin either by commit- 
ting wrongs, or omitting their duty 
to God and man. When however, 
man becomes accountable by being 
able to distinguish right from wrong 
there is still a possibility for him to 
gain the favor of Heaven ; for God 
has revealed a law, and by obedi- 
ence to that law all may become 
heirs of Heaven. But this law does 
affect the original sin because 
Christ atoned for that ; and as that 
sin was imputed to the whole human 
family there was atonement made 
for the whole world. It will be 
plainly seen, however, that this doc- 
trine is not a property of the Uni- 
versalist alone, but it is the doctrine 
of Christ and we do not think that 
he is or ever was a Unaversalist. 
If universalism is true then we must 
call every thief our brother and ad- 
mit that all religion is vain. But 
the doctrine that Christ atoned for 
the world does not prove Universal- 
ism. Although the original sin is 
no longer imputed to us we still are 
sinners, and without the grace of 
God we are in a hopeless condition. 
We therefore, have need of the 
grace of God, and we are happy to 
know that therg are means provided 
by which we can obtain his favor ; 
yet by complying with all these 
means of grace we cannot possibly 
merit anything. We may perform 
our whole duty, and yet we merit 
nothing. It is only through the 
merits and mediation of our 

Christ made atonement fer the 
whole world, yet that atonement 
will not save the man who has ar- 
rived at that age in which he distin- 
guishes truth v from error. Let us 
keep our spiritual eyes open when 
we look into the perfect law of lib- 
erty, that we may be able to go 
near where the spiritual sword is 
uaed, and be able to use it ourselves 
without being wounded. 

Pierceton, Ind. 

For the Companion. 
The Land of Rent. 

How I long to be there. . It af- 
fords me joy unspeakable, and sweet 
consolation, even to meditate upon 
the beauty and glory of that celes- 
tial habitation, but, it is beyond im- 
agination to conceive how ineffably 
delightful it must be to be there. 
Within its limits there is no sorrow; 
all tears shall be wiped away from 
our eyes ; and pain, distress, fear 
and anguish, can never reach 
it3.peaceful snores: There, all the 
ransomed will be gathered, arrayed 
in glittering robes; they will join the 
angelic order in singing the sweet 
anthems of celestial melody, and 
reign in peace, and unsullied bliss 
forever with their Divine Master. 
Their eyes shall constantly behold 
the Savior clad in his kingly habil- 
iments, seated on his radiant 
Throne. And all the ecstatic beau- 
ty and unsurpassing glory, which 
the saints in light shall continually 
enjoy, cannot by human imagination 
be for a moment fully conceived. 
They shall walk through the golden 
streets of the New Jerusalem, view 
blessed ' its jasper walls, its pearly tjates, and 
Lord that we can be saved ; yet for ! magnificent mansions. They shall 
the disobedient there is no promise, i roam with utmost delight over the 
and they cannot expect the smile of ; sunny banks of the crystal River. 
God's approval. As our Progen- that flows from the throne of God 
itors while in Eden, were at liberty i and the Lamb! yea, what unlimited 
to choose for themselves ; so all I joy and ecstacy shall fill the souls of 

of angels ? How much I desire to be 
one of that number, I cannot find 
words to exprss ! But while strug- 
gling amidst the firy trials, and keen 
temptations of tills gloomy vale of 
tears, I oftimes fear lest I should 
fail to enter into that promised rest. 
But I trust in the Lord, and I know 
if I endure to the end I shall be 
saved. Though I am still sailing 
o'er life's tempestuous sea, where 
my fragile bark is oft tossed with 
the boisterous waves of affliction and 
sorrow ; yet, I know that all is well 
as long as my Father is at the helm, 
he will guide and protect my vessel 
amidst the storms and tempests, and 
finally moor her safely into the 
peaceful harbor of endless day. 
My dear brethren and sisters, you, 
that set out in the service of our 
God do not be discouraged, vindi- 
cate his blessed cause and glorify 
his name, notwithstanding the fiery 
trials through which you have to- 
pass, for rest assured that hi3 migh- 
ty arm is ever stretched out to pro- 
tect you, and the positive promise is 
"as your day, so shall your strength 
be." And, what is still more com- 
forting, that Jesus, the Captain of 
our salvation, will be with us, even 
to the end of the world. And if we 
"hold the beginning of our confi- 
dence steadfast to the end," and 
continue our warfare against sin 
and satan, we shall eventually, 
through the grnce of God be admit- 
ted as this blissful inhabitants of 
that beautiful land of rest. 



men may choose either good or evil 
to day. They are at liberty to 
obey or disobey. Salvation is con- 
ditional, while Universalism is un- 
conditional, for we know that their 
is a broad road and if only one 
soul will travel down that road to 
ruin, Universalism is gone forever. 

the redeemed, when the Lord shall 
bring them home to remain forever 
in the enjoyment of that celestial 
happiness ! Shall I frail worm of the 
dust, be ouo of those happy ones? 
Shall my ear catch the sweet mel- 
odies of that lleavanly choir ? Shall 
my voice bo tuned to sing the songs 

For On Cumpaniuti. 
Renpousc to s. Z. Nliarp. 

John Wise, to brother S. Z. 
Sharp, and all the faithful in Christ 
Jesus : beloved ; Your remarks in 
Companion no 15 please me gn 
The reference to the "plan" 1 
municated, especially. Some breth- 
ren call it " brother Wise's plan." 
I am sorry they call it my plan. It 
mm. . It is the l,"ki' - > plan. 
You are right, brother S.; 1 do /» ■ ■ 
"claim the originality of that plan." 
Far bo it from me to do thai. 1 
am sonv some brethren call it 
H Wise's plan," for the following 
reason, viz : If it were »*v 





brethren and sisters who are 
prejudiced against spreading the 
truth in that way will say, "Ah! 
yo§, it is 'brother Wise's plan.' He 
wi 11 manage it himself, and enjoy 
the benefit of it himself." Nay, bo- 
loved, it is the LORD'S PLAN.— 
1 want you to feel that it is the 
/. rd'n plan, and treat it according- 
ly. If you feel as 1 do, you will 
Submit to it, as the Lord' g plan to 
spread the truth, and all who love 
the truth, will love to aid in spread- 
ing it. 

1 oiu happy, brother, to hear that 
you are willing to spend and be 
spent in the cause of our beloved 
Lord, Oh ! how dear that cause to 
bin, wla-n be ditd to further it. — 
ild not we all love it? May 
Cod help me to love it more. I 
pray Cod to accompany you, and 
ail who volunteer in the good cause. 
May he bless our beloved E. Heyser 
in bw isolated condition in the dis- 
tant south. Amen. J. WISE. 

Oakland, Fa. 

Bat the Companion. 

"Easter, the day on which the 
Christian church commemorates out 
Savior's resurrection. It is called 
by the Greeks Pasga ; and by the 
Latins Patcha, a Hebrew word sig- 
nifying passage, applied to the Jew- 
ish feast at the Passover. It is call- 
ed Easter in English from the Saxon 
goddess, Eostre, whoso festival was 
held in April. 

The Asiatic churches kept their 
1'. aster upon the very same day that 
the Jews observed their Passover, 
and others on the first Sunday after 
the first full moon in the new year. 
This controversy was determined in 
the council of Nice, when it was or- 
dained that Easter should be kept 
upon one and the same day, which 
should always be Sunday, in all 
< liristian churches in the world." 


We subjoin also the 

extracts from an article under 

a'"jve head, from Harper's Weekly. 

As long as Anglo-Saxon has been 

j .-|">ken rather since that language 

n began to be spoken, for the streams 

of Norman and Anglo-Saxon after 

the Conquest combined to from the 
Enyleis or English universary of 
the resurrection of our Savior has 
been known as Easter. The appel- 
lation probably came from the Sax- 
on oxter — "to rise." Some archae- 
ologists, however, derive the name 
from the Saxon goddess J?astre,vi\io 
was specially invoked by her wor- 
shipers in the spring,who was thought 
to exercise a happy influence upon 
the forthcoming vegetation. The 
point is of little consequence. Both 
Easter and sunday are good Saxon 
and, like many other words of the 
same sturdy tongue, have gained 
lasting home at the hearths and in 
the hearts of a christian people. 

In early days Easter was counted 
the "Queen of Festivals," and was 
celebrated with great pomp and 
solemnity. Primitve Christians up- 
on this day always, when they met 
first in the morning, instead of the 
usual form of salutation, exclaimed, 
"Christ is risen?" The person sal- 
uted invariably responded, "Christ 
is risen indeed," or, "And has ap- 
peared unto Peter." It was poet- 
ical and Oriental. The Russian 
and Greek Churches have both pre- 
served this old custom ; at every 
recurring Easter the salutation can 
be heard. 

It was ruled that Easter should 
be deemed a movable feast, and 
that the full moon next to the ver- 
nal equinox should be taken for the 
full moon in the month of Nisan, and 
the 21st of March be accounted the 
vernal equinox. Easter Sunday ^here- 
fore, i3 always the Sunday following 
the full moon which falls on, or next 
after, the 21st of March. The ear- 
liest possible day whereon Easter 
can happen in any year is the 22nd 
of March ; the latest the 25th of 
April. Friday preceding Easter is 
observed as a special fast in com- 
memoration of the crucifixion, and 
Easter as a special feast in honor 
of the Resurrection of the Lord. 
The latter day is indeed His re-birth- 
day— "the day the Lord hath made." 

For the Companion. 
Thought* ou I'rajcr. 

When wo enter the closet and 

have shut the door we are alone 

with the Great Giver of all good 

and perfect gifts, with the preserver 
of our being, and one who knows 
the very secret thoughts and intents 
of our hearts ; how solemn and hum- 
ble we should feel in his presence. 
He has given us directions how to 
pray, and we should endeavor to 
recollect them, so that we may not 
be in danger of mocking God. We 
must believe "that he is, and that 
he is a rewarder of them that dili- 
gently seek him." When we ask 
him to forgive our sins we should 
remember if we have aught against 
any one we must forgive them if we 
expect an answer to our petition. — 
It is useless to pray without a sin- 
cere desire to obtain what we ask 
for. We should be careful not to 
ask amiss, or to use vain repetitious. 
We will not be heard for our much 
speaking. God looks at the heart 
and knows what we need before we 
ask him, but if we lack faith all our 
prayers are vain. "If any one lack 
faith let him ask of God who giveth 
liberally and upbraideth not." We 
should put our whole tru3t and con- 
fidence in him who careth for us. — 
When we consider our insignificance 
and our unworthiness to call upon 
his holy name, our hearts should 
overflow with thankfulness for the 
blessed privilege of approaching a 
throne of grace and pouring out our 
souls to him in prayer. How thank- 
ful we should be for the precious 
promises that he will^ hear and grant 
our requests ; how comforting, how 
consoling to us when afflicted or in 
trouble, to pour out our hearts to 
him who careth even for a sparrow. 
It may not always be convenient to 
enter the closet, but our spirits can 
hold sweet communion with him, 
and he will reward us, for he knows 
the desires of our hearts. It is im- 
possible to be a Christian without 
We sho'ild pray often.— 
exhorted to pray without 
and in everything give 
Dear brothers and sisters, 
these are a few of my thoughts on 
prayer. May we all be so unspeak- 
ably happy as to see God face to 
face, and our prayers be turned to 
praise through all eternity, is the 
prayer of your unworthv sister. 

l. Weaver. 

We are 




Tyrone City, Pa., April 23, 1867. 


Brother Uolsinger : — I notice ma- 
ny conflicting opinions, for and 
against enlarging the Companion ; 
the prosperous call for a larger 
sheet, and are willing to increase 
the price, while those who are press- 
ed by adversity pray for an increas- 
ed circulation, that the present 
price may be reduced. The poor 
being the special objects of the Gos- 
pel, their prayers in behalf of a pa- 
per, devoted to its proclamation, 
must be heard ; and the Companion, 
(to preserve its christian character) 
must make the special interests of 
the poor a primary object. And it 
is a gospel certainty, when the 
brother poor in goods but rich in 
faith, is provided for, the brother 
rich in goods but poor in spirit is 
alsi satisfied, and rejoices, not only 
because all are benefited, but for the 
opportunity to give a double por- 
tion of reading to his poor brethren, 
for the same price. Perhaps both 
classes waiving all selfishness, united 
in requesting the Father's will, 
which manifested itself in the opera- 
tion of the Holy Spirit on the heart 
and mind of the editor, prompting 
him to offer two double numbers for 
every hundred new subscribers. — 
This offer if accepted in the same 
generous spirit by which it was made 
and acted upon with the zeal it mer- 
its, the result may be to secure at 
least one third if not more double 
numbers for the present volume. — 
And if brother Forney's suggestion 
is followed, in lending to neighbors 
and then soliciting their subscription 
for the next volume, it might be suf- 
ficiently increased to insure all dou- 
ble numbers for the same priee, 
which is equivalent to reducing sin- 
gle number! to half price, thu- re 
Jucing it one b&Jf for all, and ena- 
bling the prosperous brethren to de 
double With the same means, for 
those who are unable to pay any- 
thing. They should read the <\>in- 
panion, not only for their own bene- 
"\'\ lit, hut to lay them under oblige- 
!>s tions to contribute I . and 

iW 5 ^ 

151 If 

thus benefit their more prosperous | from home the most of his time, 
brethren. Many of the brightest preaching to poor dying sinners. — 
gems of christian literature have Oh ! that I might be a help in bring- 
emanated from the hearthstone of , ing sinners to Christ. Oh ! who 
adversity. The above plan is evi- would not wish to go where Jesus 
dently suggested by divine wisdom, , is. It makes my heart rejoice to 
for it benefits all, while it injures think about Jesus. What tongue 
none. Doubtless it is the result of can express the love of Jesus. Oh! 

many prayers. Dear brethren look 
no further for a plan ; let us accept 
the above plan with a lively prayer- 
ful hope, act upon it with a fervent 
zeal, and doubtless a gracious suc- 
cess will crown our efforts. Send 
on your specimen numbers. Put 

how delightful to think of lovely Je- 
sus. He is the advocate with the 
Father for poor dying sinners, such 
as we are. May the Lord give me 
grace, that I may do all I can fur 
myself and others. Oh ! my dear 
brethren and sisters, let me entreat 

while we are thus engaged for the you as one that loves you, to live 
Companion let us not forget the old faithful until death. I fear there 
pioneer Magazine the Visitor, whose are many who do not live as faith- 
editors had to struggle against fear- i ful as they should. I fear that 
ful opposition from those who should pride and ike fashions of the world 
have been, and thank God, now are, are leading many astray. Oh ! let 

the warm friends of the Visitor. 
Through much tribulation it attain- 
ed a high state of christian excel- 
lence. Don't lay it aside for the 
Companion but take both. They 

us watch and pray that we may over- 
come the wicked one, who is trying 
to deceive us. I think I have a 
lonesome life to live. My husband 
is from home so much ; but perhaps 

will pay one hundred per cent in the that s ill be a means of preparing 
moral and religious training of your me to meet God. Oh ! how often 
children. A great mistake to lay i my mind wanders back to the church- 
either of these aside and spend the yard, (Tenmile, Wash. Co., Pa.) 
means for a political paper. I say , the lonesome place where inv dear 

again brethren do all you can for 
the Companion and press the I 'i>t- 
tors claims also. 

Linganore, Md. 

little childrenJie ! I think of the 
slumbering dust that lies beneath 
the clods of earth. What solemn 
feelings that brings forth. But <>h ! 
when my mind foil >ws them to the 
— ♦* — spirit world ; what joy it cr. 

Dear Brother Uolsinger ; As I within this breast of mine. Ton-ue 
was sitting in the house to day all cannot express the joy of those 
alone, reading the Companion, I was little ones. Always in the pre 
made to think a great deal. While of God. Oh ! may I get there' 
reading, my mind was drawn to sight to Bee," and' mingle my 
Heaven. I thought, oh! what a with those that hare gowe before - 
home that is for those that die in "Oh ! that will be joyful ;" to think 
Christ. I thought of pay dear little of a home in heaven. Shall 1 
children that have died and gone joy it! Shall I see the kint: 

there. Oh ! how 1 would like to be 
there too. There must be gnat Jog 
in heaven. There are four of my 
little children gone there. I ask 
an interest in the preyen of all the 
brethren and Bisters, who read this, 
that I may live aoiflttum lift ; that 
1 may bring up my children in the 
"nurture and admonitiou of the 

Lord ;" that the\ may all be so bap- 
is/ as to meet HUMS that are gOJM 
before. 1 feel 1 have agreatoharge. 
My husband (Eld. Joan Wise) is 

glory ? 
train ? 

in his 

Shall I follow in MS glorious 
May God grant it. Ai 
n wry WISE. 
OtdkUhtd /'i.. .1. -. 7, '87. 

\|>l><>lllt till ill-. 

/.' • tkt )■ {Jolting* ■ I'l. .i- 
nounee through the medium ■ 
CbeyemVo, oui Communion • 

ing, which we anticipate, Qod wil 

in,;, to commence on the li'lh day 
of.lune next, at 10 o'clock in the 

morning, at the house of br 

— 7*3K 






John Stretch, 2 J miles South-Wext 
df 1 >r>,vagiac, in the county of Cass, 
and State of Michigan. Brethren 
coming on the Mich. Central It. It , 
will stop off cither at Dowagiac or 
Pokagon, where thej will be accom- 
modated. All arc invited to come. 
Brethren please come over into 
Mich, and help us to preach tho 

Yours in Love, 

Dowagiac, Mich. 

<u (Our tomspoubents. 

Under this head wo will notice and reply to 
correspondents, and give other notices, when 
it ib thought advisable to withhold the real 
name. We demand, In all cases, the writer's 
name, and reserve to oursclf the privilege 
of determining the propriety of publishing 

Elder II. B. will please give us his full 
name, otherwise his article caunot appear. 

i.I. Bbam. Your notice oT scries of meet- 
ing commencing on 10th inst. came too late 
for profitable insertion. Previous engage- 
ments prevented ourself from accepting your 

I). B. M. Wccat.not give yon William C. 
Thurman's address. 

Jo Si' i'n p. Kuiihck informs Isaac Myers 
of Mifflinburg, that his of the 35th March 
came safely to hand. 

Also, Jos. Myers of Lower Conewago, that 
his of the3Ist. is all right. 


In the Otter Creek branch Maconpin Co., 111., 
March 38th, Elder JOHN HECKMAN ; aged 
56 years, 8 mouths, and 29 days. Disease, 
Typhoid Fever. Funeral services by brother 
John Crist and Iskam Gibson, from Revela- 
tions 14 : 13. 

Also, in the same branch, CLARRY BELL 
OTWALT, daughter of friend Gcorire aud 
lister Julia OTW ALT J aged 7 years lacking 
7 days. Disease, Iiiflainmatiou ofUM Breda. 
Funeral occasion improved by John Crist, and 
Daniel Vanniman. 

in th<- "Foal branch, Ogle Oo., 111.. April 

fith, of Beoputgeaagfai , infant daughter 

of brother George aud Ljdla Balaman | aged 
. 1 month, and 14 day*. Funeral scr- 

■ •• Brier Samuel Garter, from 

H : ] (.' Jous OlBII. 

In the EoglWfc River liranch, Iowa Co., la., 
March 81, LAVINA JANE, youngest daugh- 

■ brother I ind sister ' 

UT \ST ; aged to rears, io months, and 14 
lbs oaaec of ber death was as fallows i 
was n marriage at the residence of the 
peltate, on tke Hih day «f March. In 
I .< ira ■ boys, young men, an 
married duo, came to the bouse as a Chlva- 
- party, and eommeneod shooting, bel- 
ling, and yelling, to aaeh »u extent thai it 
hlld almost into spasms ; she sup- 

posing they would shoot hor. The next day 
immenoed io complain ; her brain being 
already afTectcd. The physicians were called, 
waited on her for two weeks very carefully, 
but without oflect. Let this be a warning to 
all Chlvareoieg parties. 

Funeral occasion improved on the day of 
interment, by Elder Jacob Browcr and the 
writer, from John 11 : 28, latter clause. 

Dam D BbowEK. 

In the Falling Spring braneh. Franklin Co., 
Pa., Feb. llth, sister CATHARINE GROFT ; 
aged 73 years. 3 months, and 3 days. Funer- 
al services by Adam Phcrl aud Joseph Gripe, 
from Phil. 1 : 31, to an attentive congrega- 

In the Back Creek branch, March 13th, 
ANNA WELCH, daughter of friend Jacob 
and sister Mary Welch ; aged 5 years. Fu- 
neral services from 3 Sam. 14 : 14, by brother 
Adam Phcil and the writer. 

Geo. Mourbb. 

In the Donals Creek branch, Clark Co., O., 
daughter of Nicholas and Mary Frantz ; aged 
5 years, 9 months, and 17 days. Her death 
was occasioned by falling into hot water. — 
Funeral services by brothers Brubakcr and 
Funderburg, from St. Mark 10 : 14. 


In Antietam branch November 6th, 1866, 
sister ELIZABETH KALE, aged 58 years, 4 
months, and 4 days. Funeral services by D. 
F. Good and the writer, from Malachi 3 : 19. 

In the same branch, Feb. 19, ANN MARIA 
BOWMAN, mother of the above dee'd., aged 
91 years, and 8 months. Funeral services by 
Rev. Horine and the writer, from Phil. 1 : 31. 

In the same branch, March 33, sister NAN- 
CY SHOKEY, only daughter of Jacob and 
sister Susan Shokcy ; aged 37 years, 9 months, 
and 16 days. Funeral services by J. Price, 
the writer, and others, from Luke 10 : 43. 

Iu the same branch, Feb. 35, brother John 
Welly, aged 43 years, 11 months, and 35 
days. Funeral services by D. F. Good and 
the writer from Psalms 118 : 23. 

In the same branch, March 2nd, sister 
NANCY BOYER ; aged 66 years, 11 months, 
and 2 days. Funeral services by D. F. Good 
aud the writer, from 1st Thess. 4 : 13. 

Jos. F. Rohrek. 

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to the Companion, since our last. 

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Number 18. 

For the Companion. 

The dreary winter's pone. 

The lovely spring has come ; 
The air is growing mild and warm, 

The trees will shortly bloom. 

The birds begin to 6'hik, 

And chant their Maker's praise ; 
How glad they seem to bail the spring 

With mild and pleasant days. 

The fields in smiling ercen, 

All decked with handsome flowers ; 

Will shortly now in beauty teem, 
To cheer the vernal hours. 

O, welcome, welcome Spring, 

I love to see thee come ; 
Thy presence doth sweet comfort bring, 

And Alls the air with song. 

O, thou eternal God, 

How great and good thou art j 
Remember me a feeble clod, 

And ttoy free grace impart. 

The Universe is thine, 

Thou rulest all things well ; 
Thy strength and wisdom, how sublime, 

No an^el tongue can tell. 


For the Companion 
A Supported >1 Intatrj 

The cautiousness which character- 
izes the members of our fraternity 
as a body, is a wholesome feature ; 
without which the various and di- 
versity elireents in the church could 
not be brought to operate harmo- 
niously, and pleasantly in promo- 
ting the cause of human redemption. 
— But while caution is necessary to 
perpetuate church unity, — wcrshould 
be careful not to settle down into 
obstinacy, and thus be found fight- 
ing against God. — Since the subject 
of supporting the Ministry is consid- 
erably agitated at present, we pro- 
pose offering some thoughts relative 
to ibis matter. First, conceiving 
the duties of the ministry to tbe 
church. Secondly, the duties of 
the church Ut the ministry. The 
Savior says unto Peter. "Peed 
my sheep." We also read, M Peter 
[) : 2, "Feed the Book of IJod which i> 
among you." Prom those, with 
many similar scriptures, and from 
the necessities a* the case, the 
church i-i fully authorised to ] r 

the order thereof, )to sot apart 

brethren, whose duty it is to supply 
the wants of the church, and carry 
the glad news and power of salvation, 
through a crucified Christ, to a sin 
ruined world. The duties of the 
ministry are therefore not unimpor- 
tant, or easy. In order to a faith- 
ful and successful discharge of the 
duties pertaining to a minister of 
the gospel, as a minister ; it is ne- 
cessary for him to acquaint himself 
with the wants of the church, and 
the peculiar dangers she is con- 
stantly exposed to. In the next 
place it is equally necessary, that he 
is willing to labor for the church. — 
77tete consideration must be enter- 
tained by every brother in the min- 
istry if he wishes to free himself 
of the fearful responsibilities resting 
upon him. To supply himself with 
these qualifications, necessarily de- 
mands much of his time, and labor 
of mind, and obliges him to forego 
many of the ordinary sources of 
comfort pertaining to this life, that 
others enjoy. Yet, notwithstanding 
the labor and time demanded, to 
supply himself,( under the Lord)with 
the necessary qualifications which 
his position demands, no brother, as 
a minuter ran be justified who trill 
not in the behalf of the church un- 
dergo the aforesaid sacrifices. I'n- 
der the gospel arrangements, the 
action of the church, in setting 
apart, and ordaining brethren to 
ministerial duties, is by the minister 
to be interpreted to mean, that Ote 
ownership oj hit vtreon, and of his 
time, and ••/ hi* mind, is ■ 
from him, and hat become the prop- 
• rty of thf church, t<> be di»p u I \f 

an the trait? of the chttrch, and tit 
iran! f of thote Ufh • arc n 4 yet mem- 

bert thereof % may serial to demand. 
It will at once be seen, that for tbe 
minister to answer tl. 

of the church under the e 

policy thereof, lie mnsi enter tyu* 

tnuttcally upon a life of saeili 

the geoa of other t t in the doing <•/ 

which he is not encouraged by the 
hope of securing to himself a good 
which others cannot obtain, as well 
as he. However, there is no other 
method by which he can act in good 
faith toward the church under the 
solemnly imposed, and fearfully 
accepted, duties of this ordination. 
But while the minister should in 
this way feel and labor for the 
church, not withholding any tempo- 
ral good, does it not follow that the 
church also owes duties to her min- 
isters, and should equally act in 
good faith toward them ? We have 
seen that the church has a God- 
given sanction in the support of her 
practice in setting apart brethren 
for the ministry. Has she the same 
high authority for not ministering 
to the necessities of her ministers ? 
Let us see. We remark, first; 
God has not, and in harmony with 
his own Infinite attributes can not, 
establish a principle, (for the gov- 
ernment of moral and intelligent 
beings,)haviug for its object their 
happiness, and afterward* as a ne- 
eesaarj means to accomplish this 
object, establish a second principle 
directly conflicting with the tint. — 
To illustrate the foregoing, we re- 
mark that all men have their pceu- 

liar n e ce s sar y wanes; these wants 

it is the duty of each individual to 
attend to and supply. In the com- 
mon or ordinary state of thimgj 
not expected that one person can or 
will attend to the \\aiit> fjf a num- 
ber. All have wants, and all are 
equally capacitated to attend to 
their OWB want^. In OOnseqUSnoS 
of those Wanfcl the Creator ha 

dewed each individual \\\>.\i tl. 
pacitj ne .'.. Bunister I 

v>unts, earing therefore want* . 

■anal be to, end t!., 

fore, the furot pn:. -t a'.li-hcd 

by the ( !ro co- wiili i-( poet to the 
individual i>, to h in / , / ; , ,/ 


her ministers ; then the position is 

only tins ownership assumed that God has deprived the 

rente, h.mthathc may ministf . r of ^ r ;, //lf t( J himpd) - 

for h* ae.ual wants and that h^ , timc , and mind, an.'l made him *«»! 

1 , ,, > >M a ";.' f r,r '*' ! < th «: rro- /-* to /A, mmmMm of others with- 

i of Ins several capacities), | out any vi..l.,t;,n of his ouni. Take 

away man's volition, and he is tfe- 

may be /;«'*,— secured by, and 
through the means authorized hv 
lii> Creator. Hence our own civil 
government docs acknowledge "that 
all men arc endowed by their Crea- 
tor with certain inalienable rights, 

Oar every day 
teaches os the necessity of the 
aforesaid ownership or right, that 

with, and centred in the Ilea 
That He is an Absolute Severe ign 
and consults no one as to the right- 
eousness or feasibility of His pur- 
poses; that He is Omniscient, and 
need not be forewarned or apprised 
of contingencies ; that He is Omnip- 
priv'ed of moral power, and hence otent, and needs no extraneous force 
wo more a moral agent, and not mor- to aid the accomplishment of His 
ally responsible for hi* action*. He designs ; that He is righteous and 
is no more am c nail e to a higher holy, and conforms all his acts to a 
power. Establish therefore the standard of Infinite perfection ; these 
experience principle, by which any are deprived ' cardinal truths should hush every 
of the right of ownership to them- murmur, doubt and misgiving, as to 
selves, (without giving to him in, the issue of His purposes respecting 

we may make our circumstances I y md and deyree ^ hat f he owners hi p I us as individual's if we"have"the"tcs- 
t our fam-' ofhimsc , fwoul(niavc enablctl him timony of His Word and the witness 
to produce, and was intended for.) ; of His spirit that we are "called 
and a fatal blow is itruojc at the according to His purpose," and 
very basis of God's moral yovcm- spirit-nourished members of that 
menif by which it of necessity will Body to which Christ is given as 
be subverted, i.e. overthrown. For ' "Head over all things. You, my 
a principle knows no bounds, and dear Sister, and many others with 

ilv. We proceed to notice, second- 
ly : A number of members suppose 
it to be tvroiig to support the minis- 
try. We will suppose a community 
of members — say one hundred— 
thev having no speaker among 

them, feel that it is necessary Wyf$\mlyce*9e to he a j ed ive when you, spend much of your time under 


their spiritual improvement that i 
hrotb«r be separated for the work 
of the ministry. They all, however, 
under God, hold the exclusive own- 
ership to themselves ; and hence 
dare not invade the rights of others. 
What's to be done ? The spirit 
says, "separate" such an one for 
the work of the ministry. They 
proceed ; and in doing so, appropri- 
ate what under Gcd belongs to an- 
other, to their own special benefit ; 
thereby depriving a brother of the 
time which otherwise he would need 
to live as comfortable as they, and 
then appeal to God's Holy Evangel- 
ism and say it is Wrong to support 
that hrother. If this is the Scrip- 
tural \icw of the matter, then it fol- 
lows that God first gave to that 
brother the pt m e n h ip of himself 
and afterwards H6k it from him 
again. If so then the fact obtains 
that the principle first establish- 
ed, by which ownership obtained, 
[fi KAii.TV, and consequently a clash- 
ing in his moral government ; since 
the latter (if correct) stands direct- 
i'/ oppoted to the former. The dis- 

'ation however, does not end 
here. By the ettabliihing, and out 
of the principle fir<t nt in ofieter to 
our government, arises moral re- 

IbUittf. Take the position that 

overcome, or superseded, or absolv- 1 a cloud, but it is in a certain 
cd by another, and superior one 
To le continued. 

a "bright cloud that overshadows 
you." Like the disciples on the 
Holy Mount, you may be '■'•afraid" 
to enter it. yet notwithstanding its 
terrible aspect, it testifies of the 
presence of Jesus, and the fellow- 
ship of the sainted dead. When a 
pall hangs over our sky, we are 
prone to turn our gaze in that di- 
rection, forgetting, in our "anguish 
of spirit," that the Sun is in the 
opposite quarter of the heavens. 
But the bow of promise, arching 
radicntly the gloomy canvass before 
us is designed to teach us that God 
has not broken His covanant. His 
and equity. His "Law is holy, just, ' promises "arc not yea and nay," 
and good." His will is never contra- "but in Christ Jesus they arc all 
ry to any hnv of which He is the yea and in Him Amen." lie never 
Author, whether in mind or matter, brings a cloud over us on which is 
With God nothing is arbitrary or not limned the token of his Mercy. 
capricious. There is a reason for Through Him whom "He gave to be 
all that He docs, although 
have reference to 

A C'runib of the Brcnd of Life 
for n Suffering Stater. 

"Head over all tiling to the cbnrcli." Ei>h 

1 : 33. 

God acts as a sovereign, but not 
as a despot. No one can righteous- 
ly "work all things after the counsel 
of his own will," unless he be both 
Omniscient and Omnipotent. Such 
is Jehovah. "The Lord reigneth," 
not only in might but in wisdom 

Forbids the < hureh to 

it may 

events in His 
Government, or against His Gov- 
crnt, which lie unimpregnate in the 
womb of future a^cs. And as He 
has given JetUt to be the Head 
over all thing* to His Church." it 
would be contrary to all reason, and 
in opposition to all righteousness 
not to order and override all things 
for the gooi.l of that Body whose in- 

support torests and 

y are bound up 

Head over all things to the Church" 
He will make every cloud luminous 
with love, and drop with bleessinns. 
The furnace in which Providence 
has so long confined you, has been 
heated anew, enveloping you in 
flames of ecvcnfold intensity. But 
you are not the only sufferer in 
/ion. Sickbeds and closets without 
number witness to the faithfulness 
of Him whose love comes in . 
form of chasteniny and r> 1 

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Were it not for the conviction that 
a loving Father's hand controls 
these furuace fires, and that a lov- 
ing Savior is with us in the flames 
we would be consumed by their fury. 
It is a wonderful mercy, when we 
are ovcrhclmed with affliction, to 
have Him fur our Fiiendand Broth- 
er who has "all power in Heaven 
and in earth." Sin is the cause of 
all suffering and all sorrow, and as 
Jesus has been '-made sin for us," 
there lies in this fact the possibility 
of transmiting the fruit of sin into 
means of sanctification. Sin and 
itx consequent t are hateful to God 
but in Him who is "Head over all 
tilings to the Church," sin has been 
destroyed, and the r exults made 
the only means of reconciliation to 
God. We would be of all creatures 
most miserable, if we had to bear 
our physical tortures and mental 
agonies without the possibilities of 
deriving any benefit from them. 

Joseph mitigated the remorse aud 
self-cuiidemnation of his brethren 
when they pleaded for clemency in 
reference to their cruelty and per- 
fidity in selling him into bondage, by 
saying "as for you, ye thought evil 
against me : but God meant it unto 
good." So the Devil meant evil 
only in the introduction of sin into 
the world, but God made His Son 
He»,d over all things, so that He 
bears our sins, take3 on Himself 
our sicknesses, and makes grace 
abound over abounding sin. We 
read in the gospel of a certain 
woman who was so helpless that 
"she could in no wise lift up her- 
self." He wJb.0 is "Head over all 
thiiigs,'"and made tliat sufferer's in- 
firmity an oc-asiou fur displaying 
II is Divine glory and power, decla- 
red that Satau had bound her eigh- 
years. Luke 13 : 11 — 10. God 
is not the author of suffering, Ik- 
did not introduce into the wurld aud 
into our nature, that element from 
which alone suffering < an spring. 
But filing that sin is in us as a n i 
tare, and not simjdy as an ingredi- 
ent infused after the period of 
oration, and brings fourth iu deadly 
fruit in the form of sickness, suffer- 
ing, sorrow, and death, God fol- 
lowed man into the condition iuduc- 

ed by sin was overcome by Bin a^ to 
His assumed nature, and to the ex- 
tent and manner not involving per- 
sonaly iniquity, and in this way so 
completely vanquished Satan, and 
destroyed his works, that the effects 
of sin may be instrumental in our 
advancement in holiness. He who 
is the "Head over all things" has 
made sin the means of deliverance 
from sin. Rom 8. 3. 

As by sin man became, in a 
sense, the property of satan, the 
Son of God, one with the Father in 
His Eternity and Divinity, cam.- in 
the "likeness of sinful flesh" to 
break our bonds and restore us to 
primeval purity and more than pri- 
meval dignity. Our sicknesses 
and infirmities, the offspring of sin, 
which the fallen Lucifer designed 
should rivet our fetters and bind us 
more hopelessly to our fiendish task 
master, do jn the contrary, through 
grace, draw us to Jesus who is Head 
over them to us and makes them a 
blessed means of purifying us from 
that fount of corruption from which 
all our sorrows flow. Our great 
enemy "thought evil against us : 
but God meant it unto good." Let 
this be your comfort in all your 
affliction, that Jesus was in your 
sorrows before you, and for you, so 
that He might be your "companion 
in tribulation," your comfort, your 
peace, your glory, and the hope of 
your endless being. Satan brought 
you into suffering through sin, and 
the same cause brought Jesus into 
suffering though not in the same 
way, that He might be I ! 
Satan and sin and suffering to Ilia 
Church, and to you as a member of 
it, for to the B dy He is "Head 
over all things, ' 

Suppose you could have Jesus at 
your side visiUy, in all your trials, 
soothing you with varbal consola- 
tion feeding your soul with His 
words, refreshing y<>ur heart with 
!' -miles, quickening JTOW spirit 
with reiterate 1 .. : Hi* 

love, and VftK pointing to the glo- 
f the UD] the end of 

all your afflictions would you not 

rather hear the chastisement in the 

of | blessed unity with Him 

who is Head ovei all that can befall 

you than to have the furnace 
quenched, and at the saino time be 
placed out of Him whose omnipo- 
tence, sympathy and presence can 
infuse the very blis3 of Heaven into 
your soul in the most poignant ago- 
nies ? Although you may not see 
Jesus in any tangible form, or hear 
him comfort you audibly, he is with 
you as really as if you held him by 
the hand, or lay in his bosom, like 
John. The bow of mercy is span- 
nod for every child of God, and 
beams with love for you as truly, as 
if meant for era omly, God lias 
done great things fur you, aud lor 
all his cross honoring worshippers 
and has pledged Himself to fulfill in 
you " the work of faith with power,'' 
till it culminate in the glories of His 
immediate presence. He ha- 
humbled you that you may feel more 
anxious to be made holy than to be 
made health i/: more concerned to 
glorify Him in suffering than to be 
delivered from suffering. Jesus 
trod the great wine-press alone, but 
you have the fellowship of a Divine- 
human Brother to hear you above 
your sufferings. He is "Head over 
all things to (he church," and the 
church is His Body, and"/// an mm* 
hated his own flesh ;" as the Body 
therefore, is nourished and cherish- 
ed by him whose it is, so will Christ 
make "all things work together for 
good" to them whose life is set iu 
harmony with His purpose. He 
will keep you from exhaustion aud 
despair, mould you more and more 
His image, aryl make your sick* 
chamber the anteroom of Heaven. 
Be of good cheer, my dear ftlloto. 
sufferer, and all whose cross is 
heavy and furnace glowing, if the 
probation be i- owrbalane- 
ed by "an exceeding and eternal 
weight of glorv." 


I n sit. 

When \>u h<«ar any one making 
a great noise about myself — my 
merits and my good <|ualiti«* — re- 
member the pooroat wh«el ot a wag- 
on always creaks the loudest. 

The best credit sysl rcdit 

to whom credit is due. 





For the Companion. 

The *IIm1< 



Objections urged against the ex 
ttntion of the gospel. 

We very frequently hear that 
charity begins at home, and that we 
must evangelize home first. These 
are too often assumed objections, 
which, by wearing the appearance 
of pious patriotism often beguile the 
sympathies of the unreflecting, and 
tend to foster a spirit of indolence 
in the cause of God. We admit the 
truthfulness of the statement upon 
which this objection is brought to 
bear, and we are sorry to know that 
within the home limits of the United 
States, thousands have never heard 
the pure word of God preached. 
Does 'not this fact implicate the 
church in the tremendous guilt of 
having neglected them ? But, say 
some, we have enough to do within 
the limits of the congregations al- 
ready established, and still contend 
that charity begins at home. It is 
certainly right, and a duty to be 
zealous in advocating the "Truth" t at 
home and in endeavoring as much as 
possible to increase these establish- 
ed congregations in piety and nu- 
merical strength, but the apostles 
did not confine themselva alone to 
such divided districts. As stated 
in some of the previous chapters, 
they went about from place to place 
continualy doing "good to all men" 
and the Savior as an evidence of 
prompt action to spread the gospel 
sent out seventy disciples to preach. 
These were directed to go forth two 
by two, commencing as a matter of 
course in the neighboring districts, 
but not confining themselves among 
their kindred, they afterwards went 
to foreign lands and countries. 
From thi-i we understand that char- 
ity is diffusive, and instead of re- 
maining at home, only begins at 
home. There is but one way, then, 
in which this proverb can avail us, 
and that is by implying that their 
has uot yet been sufficient time for 
charity to begin her domestic du- 
ties ; in answer to which we will 
only suggest the inquiry, if up- 

wards of fifty, or a hundred years 
form too short a period for the mere 
work of preparitory benevolence at 
home ; and how many thousand 
years are likely to elapse before the 
end of the earth will be blessed with 
the gospel ? As the gospel is de- 
signed for every creature, so the 
church is held responsible for neg- 
lecting an attempt of its universal 
diffusion. The will of Christ has 
made this authoritative and divine, 
not by commands alone as already 
represented, but by the force and au- 
thority of his own example in "ta- 
king away the sin of the world," 
and also by the diffusive nature of 
the gospel itself by which it no 
sooner takes effect on an individual 
than he feels himself impelled to 
proclaim its virtues to others, and 
to urge its acceptance. And still 
more ; it requires those that have 
embraced the means of salvation to 
act as a body organised and appoin- 
ted for the iecovery of others. 

But while the church is thus re- 
quired to aim at the welfare of the 
entire race, an order, as a univer- 
sal principle, is necessary in which 
this benevolent effort is to be made. 
1. The order of nature, by which 
those who are most nearly related 
to us have the first and strongest 
claims on us. 2. The order of 
Providence by which we are ena- 
bled to administer the means of sal- 
vation to those who are placed near 
to us earlier, and at little or no ex- 
pense, and in greater variety and 
abundance, than we can to those 
who are more remote from us. 3. 
The order of scripture example, in 
which we see the apostles uniformly 
preaching first, wherever they went 
to those of their own nation. 4. 
The order of the future judgement, 
j according to which no plea of failure 
in attempting good at a distance 
will be admitted as an ansAver to 
tho charge, "I was a stranger and 
ye took me not in." In saying this 
we may appear to be only repeating 
the sentiments of the objector. But 
we are insisting on a very different 
principle, and one which by impli- 
cation, refutes his objections. For 
while we are only showing the order 
in which the church is to work from 

the centre of her own circle out 
wards, he is contending for the time 
we are to remain in that circle to 
keep the world in ignorance, or mil- 
lions abroad left to perish — because 
some of those within that circle 
"hate instruction" and "love dark- 
ness rather than light." He thus 
practically denies any order of use- 
fulness outside a certain limited 
circle or district. By observing the 
scriptural order of christian activity 
success at home becomes the means 
of increased usefulness abroad. 
The plan proposed by brother Dan- 
iel Longenecker is an excellent one, 
and if acted upon that principle, 
success as a natural consequence 
must evidently follow. We hope 
the church will make provision to 
carry out such a plan, and in the 
fear of God act upon it. Another 
objection is sometimes urged against 
the diffusion of the gospel, and the 
only remaining one worthy to be 
noticed ; which amounts to this, — 
"The time is not yet come, the time 
the Lord's house should be built. 
"When that selected time arrives, 
the Almighty will easily find means 
to accomplish that which is designed 
in the commission," "and till then 
all our efforts are premature and 
presumtious, and must prove ab- 
ortive." If the objector really 
believes we are forestalling the ap- 
pointments of Heaven in assailing 
the idolatries of the heathen world 
and tormenting the demons before 
their time ; then to be consistent 
with his objections he must employ 
counter-missionaries to protect 
those abominations and to prolong 
their reign till that time arrives. 
This would be inconsistent to scrip- 
tural creed, and does he not by this 
very objection take God's work out 
of his hands ? "Go ye w is without 
specification to any limited time in 
commencing the work of evangeli- 
zation. The command begins from 
the time it was spoken, and contin- 
ues on, till the great work is accom- 
plished, or till the beginning of an- 
other dispensation at our Savior's 
second coming. Gad will suffer no 
excuse whatever in the day of judg- 
ment, when all must render an ac- 
count before him. All the excuses, 







and objections that fallible man can 
urge against this explicit command 
will be in the sight of God as the 
web of a gossamer, easily to be wip- 
ed out of existence, and he will be 
strictly held accountable for all he 
opposingly says in regard to this di- 
vine and obligatory injunction. 
New Enterprise, Pa. 

To be Continued. 

For the Companion. 
K«'S|>ous<' to Elder J. Wise. 

I take this method of informing 
you, dear brother Wise, that in your 
notice o*f my article on the Mission 
ary cause, published in Companion 
No. 4, commencing page 37, with 
all good feeling, and Christian cour- 
tesy, that you have entirely miscon- 
ceived the idea I endeavored to 
advance ; namely, the advancement 
of the Redeemer's Kingdom, through 
the Missionary cause as a medium. 
But, de,ar brother, I never intimated 
how his expenses should be met, 
neither by himself (the Missionary) 
nor by the Church ; I left the how 
for the brethren, with the light of 
revelation blazing upon them, to de- 
termine. The point I had at issue 
was "go ye." I have urged, and 
do still urge for promptness to ac- 
tion, I did not touch the point as to 
the. means ; how they should be met, 
whether by thh one going, or by the 
Church, as you seem to signify. I 
will give your own declaration : 
"I find an article under the head of 
'Correspondence' from br. Wrights- 
man, of Tennesse, which deeply af- 
fected my mind. He thinks that 
brethren ought to undertake the 
matter of 'Missionary labor' upon 
their own responsibility." 

Now, brother Wise, I am sorry 
you became so affected about my 
art'ide, for we are exactly together. 

In your comment on Acta 13 : 2 
you have given my views precisely. 
Please, now, to review my article 
again, and 1 hope, it will be all un- 
derstood. 1 filt it my duty to Bay 
what 1 have said, out of love, for 
ike of the "unity of the spirit, 
that it may bo kept in the bond of 


(Jo on dear brother, you have 

started in the right direction. I 
have always thought that the Gospel 
should be spread by the Church, 
and its means. The advancement 
of the truth should be our every 

"Theories which thousands cherished, 
Pass like clouds that sweep the sky. 

Creeds and doprmas all must perltb ; 
Truth herself can never die." 

But let us go back to the origin 
of the term " Missi .nary." "The 
word Apostle and Missionary both 
signify the very same thing ; they 
both come from the words, or verbs, 
which signify persons sent, or to 
•end forth. The only difference 
between the words is that of sounds ; 
following the sound of the 


Greek — the other the Latin. The 
word Apostle comes from the Greek 
verb Apostello. The word Mis- . 
sionary from the Latin verb Mitto ; 
but these both signify, in English, 
to send forth," in obedience to " go 


The custom of sending out mis- ! 
sionaries existed upwards of 900 ' 
years before the coming of Christ. 
In the third year of the reign of Je- j 
hoshaphat, King of Judah, he sent 
out about sixteen of his Princes, 
Priests, and Levites, into all parts 
of his Kingdom. "And they taught 
in Judah, and had the Book of the 
Law of the Lord with them, and 
went about throughout all the cities 
of Judah, and taught the people." 
2 Citron. 17 : i>. See also the glo- 
rious results that followed (r\ 

Immediately after the M 
Savior (the great Author of Mis- 
sions) had called and qualified his 
twelve Apostles, he commissi 
tbem. and lent them out to publish 
the glad tidings of the Kingdom of 
n. (Matth. lu:, r ) 7.) He af- 
terwards appointed lerenty others 
also, and ent them too and tn 
fore his face, < Luke l" : I i. 
seventy m;ole :t Missionary t ur, 
and returned to tin- Savior, and re- 
ported the BQCOeSS Of their I.. 1 

IT i. A:. 1 from the time 
that the seventy disciples were sent 
out, until i short period before the 
crinifixioit of the Savior, he had 

(including the twelve apostles) eigh- 
ty-two missionaries in the field, — all 
laboring as domestic or home mis- 
sionaries, for they were not yet per- 
mitted "to go into the way of the 
Gentiles, nor into any city of the 

K)KK1<;.\ MI.-SIo' 

The last commission of our Lord 
was extended "to all the world." — 
Mark 1G: 15. "And ye," says the 
Savior unto hi** disciples, (Acts 1 : 
8.) "shall be witnesses unto me 
both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, 
and in Samaria, and in*o the utter- 
most parts of the earth." Accord- 
ingly we see the unparalleled success 
of the Apostles, upon their testimo- 
ny, on the day of IVntee-t : and 
when the church, which was at Je- 
rusalem, was scattered abroad by 
persecution, alter the death of Ste- 
phen, the Gospel was preached be- 
yond the territory of the Jews. See 
Acts 8: 4, 5. But 

1st. The gospel was not introduc- 
ed among the Gentiles by the apos- 
tles, until the year 41 : and then it 
was not without opposition. Peter 
led the way in this glorious enter- 
prise, [Acts 10] but some of his 
brethren being Ant if*, called him 
to an account about it. [Acts 11. J 
But the anti-missions of the primi- 
tive church, were of a different kind 
to those of the present day ; for when 
the matter was explained to them 
(verse 18) "they held their | 
and glorified God." 

2nd. The first missionary society 
that we have any account of, wai 
organized in the 45th year of the 
christian era. It consisted of a num- 
ber of prophets and teachers in con- 
nection with the church that • 
Antiooh. Arts 18: t, 
and Saul were d. signaled a< mis- 
sionaries : "and when they ha I 
ed and prayed, and laid their hands 
upon then), thev lent them *\> 

Al>. .ut nine years ha I etasped from 

the time of Stol's eon\ , r -■. ,n until 

he and Hamahas entered upon this 
• u. During that j eriod Saul, 
who afterwards was calh t 
preached for a .-hot 
mascus ; sjH«nt ab< 
abia, and rcturne. 

was called Ps ■ '. ,„ 

I . I » I . 

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He then went and joined himself tn 
the Disciples, at Jerusalem, after 
which be repaired to Antioch In Si- 
fhere the first Gentile Church 
gathered. Then dear brethren 
. follow the examples of the 
Ami may we not then 
exclaim with the Psalmist, "Blessed 
be the Lord Cod of Israel, who on- 
ly doeth wondrous things. And 
I be his glorious name forev- 
er : and let the whole earth he tilled 
With his glory." Amen and Amen. 

1'. < ■ Join, Ti nn. 

Fur Ou Coiiij'UHton, 
Follow Me. 

These words were spoken to sev- 
eral of the apostles, when Christ se- 
i tiuin to he hid chosen mes- 
sengers. These men were not idle, 
but were busily engaged in their 
several employments. "Matthew 
was sitting at the receipt of cus- 
tom," when the summons came, fol- 
low me. He did not wait to see 
what would become of the custom 
( tax), or ask what portion he should 
have if he obeyed the call, but left 
his situation at once and followed 
his Master. Petei and Andrew 
were fishing, and, just in the act of 
casting the net into the sea when 
Jesus called unto them "Follow me." 
They immediately left their nets 
and followed him. A beautiful ex 
ample for Jews and Gentiles, and 
especially for us in these latter 
times, when there are so many temp- 
tations to keep us away. John and 
as were mending their nets. — 
The record of this little incident 
shows that they were not only in- 
ious, but also economical, and 
deeply interested in their occupa- 
tion. We also learn that they were 
in company with their father, whose 
society they had no doubt enjoyed 
from their infancy, and consequent 
list have been strongly attached 
1 1 him ; but again the voice was 
I, "Follow me." And they 
left their father, Zebadee in the 
shin, with the hired servants and 
followed him. This is a fine exam- 
ple of self denial. How many are 
willing now to forsake their parents 
for the sake of Christ. The apos- 

tles, however, forsook all ; they did 
not even take the hired servants, 
and to dispense with these, would 
in this age be considered a great 
sacrifice. The same voice that 
Bpake to the apostles eighteen hun- 
dred years ago speaks to the sinner 
now. The words are few and sim- 
ple, only follow me, hut they con- 
tain a great deal, since to follow 
Christ requires a perfect self denial, 
and strict obedience to his laws. — 
Then let us obey the " still small 
voice" that says follow me, for the 
same voice has also said, " Every- 
one that has forsaken homes, or 
brethren, or sisters, or father, o*r 
mother, or wife, or children, or 
lands, for my name's sake shall re- 
ceive an hundred fold and shall in- 
herit everlasting life. 

Miller sville, Pa. 


Tyrone City, Pea., April 30, L867. 

< oi:ki-:*i>o\i>i:.n< k. 

Dear Brother.; I have been 
assailed by brother Wampler 
of being defective, &c. The broth- 
er will pardon me for not replying 
to his article. Concerning qualifica- 
tion, the apostles said : "Look ye 
out among you men of honest re- 
port, full of the Holy Ghost and 
wisdom." This is what qualifies a 
brother to preach the Gospel. If 
he can preach the Gospel with suc- 
cess at home he is qualified to 
preach anywhere ; but this is not 
my object in view at this time. My 
motive is to spread the Gispel; and 
there has been more said than done. 
If we cannot have tho Gospel 
preached to every creature one 
way, why not adopt another ? Now 
I believe that at the day of Pente- 
cost when every nation was gather- 
ed kt that place, that there were 
converts made of every nation, and 
became members of the Church of 
Christ, and at their return to their 
homes thero were members of the 
Church all over the world known at 
that time, and of course it was ex 
pedient for the apostles to go and 

visit the members, and to organize 
churches in every city. And as I 
do not want to hurt any of my be- 
loved brethren's feelings concern- 
ing any plan they have, I still say 
let us have tho local preachers first, 
and the traveling preachers will fol- 
low. Let ui have- some one sta- 
tioned to watch the fowls of the air 
from devouring the good seed that 
falls by the way side, For there are 
many fowls of that kind in this our 
day. If wc have a family of young 
children we must have a housekeep- 
er and a good nurse, or our chil- 
dren will perish ; so it will be with 
all voting members left k> them- 
selves; lambs left with wolves and 
foxes will all become the prey of 
those vermin. I do think the plan 
is to emigrate first; let preachers 
and lay members locate everywhere 
throughout the world, and then the 
Gospel will be preached to every 
creature without paying salaries to 
preachers. If we examine the Gos- 
pel closely, I think we will &ee that 
Paul and Barnabas found members 
everywhere they traveled to, and 
preached ; because the day of pen- 
tecost did the work, for the same 
day were added unto them about 
3000 souls ; and before the good 
work ended there were a great many 
more added unto the Church. 

Then the next that was to be 
done was to empower brethren to 
go from city to city preaching and 
organizing churches, and ordaining 
elders, and putting in deacons and 
preachers, and putting all things in 
order that were wanting. This is 
my view of the Gospel plan of 
spreading the Gospel. Brethren 
may differ with me ; but if we do 
differ let it be an honest difference ; 
let us have our words seasoned with 
grace ; not so much spice — we need 
no spice on this subject. I want all 
the brethren to enjoy their own 
opinion of the subject, and I ask 
the same priviledge for myself to en- 
joy mine. Whether the plan is ad- 
opted or not it will not lessen my 
love for tho Brethren and the good 
of the cause of my Heavenly Mas- 
ter ; being I see no other way to 
get the good work started I must 
honestly hold on to it ; but if a bet- 






ter plan is brought forward T will 
willingly submit to it. 

I do not think I shall writ ■ any 
more on this subject, because there 
has been enough xaid and too little 
done ; let us get at the work and do 
it. I will now give it over to my 
farther children to do as the spirit 
may direct. May the grace of 
God and his holy spirit attend us 
all in everything avc do or say, while 
we sojourn here in this house of 
clav, so that when we lay down our 
lifeless body that our souls may be 
presented to the Lamb without spot 
or wrinkle, or an)' such thing, is my 
prayer ; amen. 

Mountain FotftfW, E. Tenn. 

Gkrmaxtown', Pa., April 22, G7 

Brother Ilobtinger ; It gives me 
great pleasure, to inform you, that 
we have organized, a Sunday school, 
in this place. We expect to open 
on the first Sabbath in May. 

The number of scholars, will not 
be large at first, but the prospects 
are encouraging, and we will do all 
we can to make it a success. We 
believe, that the Sabbath 6chool is 
the nursery of the Church ; and lov- 
ing the Mother Church, and not wil- 
ling that she should die, we have 
established this school, to aid her. 

We pray God, to bless our labors, 
to that end. 

Yours, in the bond of love. 


Brother H&lringer ; I have been 
a reader of the Qompanion since 
the first Dumber of tin- first volume 
was printed ; but have not written 
vcrv much for it, hut I feel to drop 
a few remarks on the . u'ject of 
I Bee in No. 1 I, present 
volume, that brother •'. 8. Lawvei 
of South Pass, ill., thinks the Breth- 
ren put boo mueh stress on the wear" 
ing of apparel. He save, u 
sisters are .ill 1 1 1 « - timo talking abont 
;i oeri tin lun Woj not 

drop it I 'I'iic Bible truly teaehe.s 

us that a covering should be worn." 
Now it do* si' what kind of 

covering it must be. Brother I.. 
. wear plain apparel, but not 
odd. Now I bop* brother L. does 

not think that a sister should not | 
wear a covering, as the apostle 
Paul says : "But every woman that 
prayeth or prophesieth with her 
head uncovered dishonereth her 
head ; for that is even all one as if 
she were shaven. 1 Cor. 11 : 5. 
Now if our sisters are to have a 
covering how can they uniform bet- 
ter and easier than to wear a plain 
cap, which is easily made, and so 
cheap that almost any of our poor 
members, if we have any, can afford 
them. Then when they come to 
meeting and lay off their bonnets or 
outer covering, how nice they will 
uniform. But on the other hand, 
if one will come with a plain bon- 

1 net, another with a hood, another 
with a shaker, &c; some made of 

, calico, some of silk, fee*, and keep 
them on their heads in time of wor- 
ship, I would think this would look 
rather odd. Brother L. says, "Why 
not educate the heart, which is des- 

1 perately wicked, and show our love 
for Jesus in works." I perfectly 
agree with brother L.that we should 
educate the heart, for if wa can only 
get the heart right, the dress will 
soon get right also. 

Brother Lawver further says, is 
it not injurious to the cause of 
Christ to dress odd ? For instance, 
the brethren wear round coats and 
broad rimmed hats. This I say was 
Use old order for centuries past, 
and should be the order yet. And 

those that dress different from this, 

dress odd. 

We well know that the brctlnv i 
arc mocked sometimes ; but that 
should not hurt our feelings, for 
Chrtst also was mocked. Christ 
said, "Whosoever, therefore, shall 
be ashamed of me and my Words in 
this adulterous and sinful genera- 
tion, of him also shall the S*9 of 
man be a-dinmed, when he OOmetfa 

in the glory of his Father with the 
holy sngels." St. Mark We 

learn bj history that oentui iee s 
and • as the j ontury, 

the Methodists and other denomina- 
tions used to dreeS plain, like the 

order of the Brethren. The brother 

••The yOUng are 1 . » 1 1 1 to | 

braee our doctrine while they swarm 
to Methodism," &c, fco. ile i 

says, "If they (the Brethren) would ' 1 
dress plainly instead of odd or dif- 
ferent from their neighbors, the 
young would fly to our banners by 
hundreds. We know that there are 
not as many joining the Church of 
the Brethren as we would like to 
see, as we would like to have all 
souls saved, as much as possible. — 
"Then, said one to him, 'Lord, are 
there few that be saved ?' And he 
said unto them, 'Strive to enter in 
at the strait gate, for many I say 
unto you, will seek to enter in, and 
shall not be aole.' " St. Luke 13 : 
23, 21. 

Obey the Gospel call, 

And enter while you may 
The flock of Christ is always small. 

And none are saved but they. 

Dayton, Ohio. 

Final Railroad Arrangement*. 

Dear Brethren ; The church at 
Pipe Creek, in council meeting, ap- 
pointed me to arrange for half fare 
for our dear members coming to Y. 
M., with our nearest railroads, which 
I understood to be the B. & O., 
the Northern Central, and the \\ 
ern Maryland, which are all near 
us. But when I addressed the 
proper officers of ti. the 

tWO laet informed me that "a Mr. 
Custer was in communication with 
them on the subjei t, and that the 

Northern Central had arranged the 
matter with htm : but to 
Marvland had Informed him t 
they would arrange with 
my responsibility applies only 

the B. I O. and •' W -tern Maty. 

land. The latter !. I idy fit- 

ni-hed me with printe 1 return tiek- 
The printing I imi-t ] I . 

The tickets for the is. fcO. I 

have printed and sign them all. 

N<>n.: Ail who co n template com. 
in^ over thes«* re-ad-. | t\ \ >ur fare 
to the point v< m intend 
in- ii i question* in regard t 
return . 
alter the meeting. 

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for the Western Maryland i >ad re- 
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A \ Supported Ministry. (Concluded.) 
r j Hut, while tin- position assumed 
by Boinc members, i.< . it is wrong 
t.. support tin- ministry, if reduced 
to its logical result, would, a- we 
have seen, In' subversive of order 
and harmony in God's moral govern- 
ment, and produce instead thereof 
anarchy anil confusion, we are glad 
to kn<> ■■■, tint it is not, ami tan 
1"' sustained by om tingle Script*^ \ 
r<il ififtnti nt. W«l however admit 
that there can he instances produced 
where, under t\rii ptculiof cireum- 
stance*, it can be shown that the 
Apostles did not urge as a right, ■ their resources, and labored 

which those they ministered to, 
owed them, i.e. to minister to their 
timely support* under similar cir- 
cumstances the same course is yet 
to be preferred. But those instan- 
ces cannot be admitted as testimony 
in establishing or trying t<*establish 
that it is wrong to support the min- 
istry. For this same apostle, as if 
anticipating the mode of reasoning 
now extant, and the deductions 

it should have been. It seems, 
while tlie Church acknowledges 
ownership over the producing capa- 
city i>f the minister she has failed, 
and we hope nnintentially, to ac- 
knowledge his liabilities — has failed 
oftentimes to inquire into, and re- 
lieve him of his own special wants 
and railed to inquire into his 
family want 9 : to relieve .vhieh he 
should have had the time be other- 
wise devoted to the interest of the 
Church. But in consequence of not 
Laving it his family became straiten- 
ed in their means, and reduced in 


disadvantages, such, 

are ignorant of. 

to the minister to know 

Oh, how crushing 
and feel as 

pose : Could these same members 
work fifty or sixty days in a year 
( which is not uncommon for minis- 
tering brethren to devote to the in- 
terest of the Church outside of their 
regular appointments, and church 
duties at home) for their neighbors 
and receive nothing for doing so, 
and perhaps at times would hare 
Some distance to travel, and pay the 
expenses thereof themselves? Car- 
t.iinh) not. It would be unjust for 
neighbors to ask, and unreasonable 
to expect them to do so. Wherein 
however would their asking and ex- 
pecting this, differ from what is 
common with the Church and her 
ministers ? Does the principle which 
all say would be 

likely to be drawn from his involute- life are scattered 
t<rri/ assent to -the then existing 
state of things at "Corinth," posi- 
tively declares that "fche Lord has 
ordained that they which preach the 

unjust, when ap- 
hc only can! What a sinking of' plied to secular affairs become a 
his spirit ! knowing as he is com- [just one when applied to spiritual 
pelled to know, that while he is la- affairs'' If then those members, 
boring for the Church both in ' who from eoaeciencioas motives 
preaching and in studying, and withhold of tJieit abundance, but sco 
thereby hindered from attending to that thev bv their excessive caution 
his own and family wants. Thou- are doing (that which they say 
sands of the common necessaries of would be unjust c-f a neighbor to 

around him (in ask them to do) positive injustice t i 
the hands of those 'he is laboring their ministering brethren, (when 
for) yet he dares not touch them.. asking of them to devote a consider- 
Not only does fbe Scripture above able portion of their time to the 
alluded to destroy the idea that it common interest of the members, 

but it establishes the necessity of j for their, and their family support ;) 
Savior, or all the other apostles, to doing so positively and clearly ac-jit is expected that they r ^aa- such, 
establish the impropriety of ministc- cording to the principles of justice, who are eonsciencious/not only as 
rial support would make them the I and of right. Hence, says this same regards their own immediate trans- 

tiosnnl -ilimilil lirr /if *br> CJosnel." 
Therefore, to quote Paul, or the 

apostle, "If we have sown unto you 
spiritual things is it a great thing 

actions, but as regards others- who 
stand connected with them in. a 

to reap your carnal things ?" We | common interest,) will discontinue 


ond right which' would eat up the 
former or ficft* 'right . While, how- 
ever, WO fre/ly admit that the min- 

isterfcti become church property, 

WO JO( ORiet confess that the ac- 

knowh Igmcii 1 of this fact in all its 

(uences has not been as ex- 

tensive a< in instice to the minister 


authors of the contradiction in God's 
moral government which, as we 
have seen, the anti-ministerial sup- 
port system does establish. We are aware, however, of the fact that j the doing of that which to them- ap- 
hence conclude, though Christ may there arc members who oppose sup- ipears unjust. And it is also cxpec- 
be quoted, or Paul, or any of the porting the ministry. Among those ted, since they withhold giving on 
other apostdes, in support of the non- are some, if not all, who from con- account of the aforesaid object, . 1 e- 
supporting. system , it is utterly im- sciencious motives withhold what cause to .them it appear as a cause 
peemble for Paul — for Christ' — aye! ; thoy otherwise would willingly give, : which would be destructive to who* 
for the Creator himself to carry on I 1 if satisfied of the right of doing so, they feel concerned to preserve, vkl 
his physical or moral government who value the cause of Christ above The honor of the Cause of Christ, 
by establishing contradictory prin- rubies, but being taught they be- I and the purity of his ministers, that 
M il the ease if Godflretpw&e dieve it wrong to do so. It is such the moment they see that their prin- 
a right and afterwards gave a sec- we are addressing. We have ad- ciplc operates disastrously to the 

vanced some considerations relative Church, they will change position, 
to those. While we are glad that It is expeated, because it is the only 
members are from conscientious mo- ! way whereby they can prove their 
lives trying to do right, we still feel conscientiousness. Put what else i3 
sorry that conscientiousness tnay he the nonsupporting system than pos- 
misdirecttd ; and this seems the fact itivcly destructive to the Church? 
in *he case of those we are alluding It throws the Whole burdcu of car- ir 
to. For their consideration we pro- ! rying the news of salvation, and en ^ 







forcing its claims, on the ministry. 
A work so vast, so important that it 
is impossible for them to accomplish 
unaided by the Church! To the 
want of properly supporting the 
ministry must be attributed the 
present contracted limits of the 
Church. For what arc the facts ? 
The Church has it in her power to 
have preaching in nearly, if not all, 
the school districts in the United 
States, yet we find there are locali- 
ties within the vicinity of nearly all 
of our organized churches, perhaps 
not more than five or ten miles dis- 
tant where the brethren never preach- 
ed. Will not the Church be held 
responsible for the serious loss and 
suffering she might have prevented? 
To a great extent the ministry 
has, unaided by the Church accom- 
plished what now is the extent of 
the Brotherhood besides supporting 
themselves andlamilies. How much 
greater might the extent thereof . be 
if she had borne along the ministry 
and pushed the cause of Christ on- 
ward and outward on all its sides ? 
Instead of doing so, however, the 
Church was born along by the min- 
istry. Had the ministry acted on 
the principle of the non supporting 

System ao tli'Jo^ M«wlorii *lo wlko w*A 

fully believe to be consciencious the 
Church would have long since ceased 
to exist so far as its existence de- 
pended on the principle laid down 
by those member*. Hut we know it 
is said by those members that we 
are taught in the Scriptures that 
gifts have a uniform tendency to 
prerent those who receive them ; to 
which we give our unqualified as- 
sent. I Jut while we do so, we at 
the tame time assert, that pappert- 

ing the ministry is not a math r of 
gift ; but of debt equal in <i/l renpectt 
to other obligation* we are brought 
under to those <W<* in other reeved $ 
e.o iifer benefit* on us ; aii'l as little 
as wo oao br tree from comp 
ting those who perform daily labor 

for US, to little can the Church be 

fr<i: from this debt she owes to bei 
ministers under the non-supporting 

system. For what is it in tie 

01 those who labor lor us when we 

pay them for so doing, els.- than in 
, acknowledgment of the fact that the 

laborer has right* which we are 
bound by the law of God and man 
to respect? His wants are such 
that to relieve himself of them he is 
entitled to, and should have a fair 
compensation for his services. Is 
he more entitled to a compensation 
for his time and services than the 
minister is for his ? Let but the 
Church withhold her resources from 
the ministry, and she by doing so 
drive* the minuter to die neeemity 
of appropriating hix own, to the in- 
terest of the Church. Can mem- 
bers be coiticie ncioui and yet suffer 
such things to exist as a fact, and 
thus restrict the heaven bestowed 
power upon which hangs the hope 
of Adam's race of obtaining a 
peaceful abode in yonder bright 
world ? Ah ! Methinks I hear sin 
stained souls in the presence of 
heaven's tribunal in doleful accents 
say (to the confusion of the heirs of 
salvation) I was hungry for the 
bread of life, and you who had the 
power to feed me gave ine none ; 
and I was thirsty for the water of 
salvation and ye gave me none ; I 
was sick of sin and ye ministered 
not unto me ; naked and exposed to 
surging and soul chilling sirrocco's 
of J-.v/c., filling xo.y u/.nl with honor 
and ye threw not the mantle of 
warming life and saving grace 
around me. I was a stranger ; my 
spirit stirred within me that I could 
not look upon sin and say " un- 
friend!" and you, who pos- 
the home of souls estrayed and 
homeless on the black deserts of Bin, 
took me not in. I was imprisoned, 
turn whithersoever I would, and no 
door of escape from the loathsome 
embrace* of apolluon presented it- 
self; and you who had the ministry 
of liioii-iliation, and the keys to 

unlock the prison bouse to let its 

captive* tree withheld it from me ; 
ami now my doom is foiv\ 
Is it not therefore, my den- fol- 
low men i" rs, ■ mutter of debt of 
debt to the Lord for the reclaiming 
HIS for whom I 'hrisi died I 
.a. 1 .i-L, \i\ solemn aj , 
lay the whole burden ofoarryw 

the cause ul truth 00 U) the 

of your ministry, and a 

them to appropriate their God given 
rights to your common duty and 
interest, and compel your ministers 
to fee] that their deVotcdness to 
their imposed labors meets with no 
response from you, and souls eter- 
nally lost for the want of that abili- 
ty you possessed ? Can you, in do- 
ing so lay your hands on your 
breasts, and feel an inward conscious- 
ness, and by it look up to our com- 
mon Heavenly Father, and say it is 
right, and feel willing to carry the 
case up to heaven's tribunal for 
final adjudication, and s; lV , 1 feat 
not .' 

S. S. MulILER. 
Covington, Ohio. 

MltUtlU) Schools. 

A sister who gives us hei full 

name, but for prudent reasons wish- 

; es it withheld, while commenting 

upon brother Fouu's '•Review of 

the CW/xuW says : 

*'I have been brought up in a city 
and attended Sunday school in the 
"Church of God" at this place, an I 
although I had no very pious teach- 
er, I think I received my early 
religious impressions in Sunday 
school. Ana 1 would ask : are we 
justified in not having Sunday 
school ? If others have mi -h schools 
and inculcate a false doctrine, that is 
no reason we should neglect our 
duty. We might as well say we 
will have no chureh because there 
are false teachers in the world. 

Now if we are the true Church, 

ought we not make a streini 
etfot to erradieaie false doctrines 

and lead the rising . iu 

trait and narrow way 

Moral Culture Fduc&tioli moulds 
the heart. In mission is not only 
to imji.i; gifts, but to ennoble 

and elevate the soul. The . 
intellect may be an enj 
ttruction, it' the heart be coi rupt 
We ihoul I eaj that the tendi 
the general drill and current of um 
schools • ■ prominency t,. the 

culture of the mlell. ., 



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:h* Companion. 
II.. M issiunar> < it iin. . 

i 11 \rri.u vii. 

77/ » \ want* "f the church in rela- 
tion to the attention fffthe gbrpel. 

This chapter will bring us to the 
closing ami most important part of 
our subject. Deep humility must 
ile the entire church, both on 
account of het essential deficiency, 
■ 11 as to prepare us for greater 
improvements in the attainment of 
spiritual powers and success in the 
future. A due appriciation of the 
spiritual nature of the missionary 
work is also very necessary. We, 
aa an organised church body should 
ever remember that the endless well 
being of a race of immortals requir- 
ed the incarnate God, the Prince of 
Life, for a sacrifice. that the 
church would duly appreciate the 
great work before her, and with 
fervency of spirit proclaim the glad 
tidings to all nations. A greater 
depth of personal piety is wanted in 
the church. The foundation of mis- 
sionary activity was laid in the 
very clement of prayer. When a 
large multitude came to our Savior 
and crowded around him, to hear 
his instructions, he was moved with 

Couiuivssiuu icuuiicd liio di»_l]>lco fcv 

pray that the Holy Ghost, the Lord 
of the spiritual harvest,would speed- 
ily provide a competent number 
of speakers. After spending a 
whole night in prayer, he set apart 
twelve as apostles to this work. 
And it was when the apostles had 
been day after day "with one accord 
in one place" calling upon God, 
that they came forth to enjoy pente- 
costal successes, and to reap the 
Beld of the world. If appeals, en- 
treaties, and petitions between man 
and man move the affairs of this 
World, why will they not between 
God and man in the church move 
heaven? < )f all other things which 
may be described as wanting in the 
church, that of deep sincere, and 
pious prayer is the most essetial, 
and without which, all other means 
will ] rtivr or without 8UC- 

Tami - tells us, 

"the effectual fervent prayer of a 
righteous man availcth much," and 

Paul admonishes to "pray without 
ceasing," and further exhorts that 
"supplications, prayers, interces- 
sions, and giving of thanks be made 
for all men, — for this is good and 
acceptable in the sight >f God our 
Savior, who will have all men to be 
saved, and come to the knowledge 
of the truth." Christ, the Mediator 
"gave himself a ransom for '/// as a 
testimony in due time," and if the 
entire church would engage in daily 
unceasing, impassioned entreaty for 
the spirit "to convince the world of 
sin," we arc safe to belive, that the 
divine power, though such devotions 
and entreaties, would kindle a 
bright and burning flame a holy 
zeal within the church of God. 
due to the dignity of her office, and 
the magnificence of a missionary en- 
terprise. 0, where is that spirit- 
ual perception of the church which 
looks forth on the world as the 
great scene of an evangelical con- 
flict, and beholds it under the stir- 
ring aspect which it presents to the 
beings of other worlds ? Where the 
kindled Eye, the beaming counte- 
nance, and the heart bursting with 
the momentous import of the gospel 
message ? Where the fearlessness 
and confidence, whose very tones 
xnoph« conviction, and carry with 
them all the force of certainty of 
the Eternal weight of glory await- 

we, as a united people, accept the 
gracious challenge ? Will w> in a 
united spirit of supplication come 
before the throne of grace, in leJialf 

of the missionary cause ''. It will 
bring us to one spot, and keep us in 
the only place in the universe which 
properly belongs to us— a? th 
of (jud. It also tends to annihilate 
self, with all its ease and fleeting 
home comforts ; prepares us to live 
for Christ and his holy cause ; and 
amounts to a confession of utter de- 
pendance upon God ; renders appro- 
priate homage to his greatness; and 
thus keeps us in constant and active 
communication with the fountain of 
grace. There are times, indeed, 
when the duty of prayer becomes 
unusually urgent. And we are to 
remember that the greater the sac- 
rifice laid on the altar, the stronger 
the flame necessary to consume it; 
and that He whom we serve is jeal- 
ous for his honor ; that he regards 
every power on earth more or less 
opposed to him, but the power of 
prayer, and the means which obedi- 
ence with prayer has sanctified ; 
"that not by might, nor by power, 
but by his spirit alone," the mala- 
dies of the world shall be healed. — 
If we look into tho censer nf ♦!><> 
"angel standing at the golden altar 
which is before the throne," and if 
wc there mark what it is of all human 
ing such a magnificent and evangel- ' instrumentality which ascends to hea- 

ical enterprise ? Where the zeal 

which burns with its subject, as if it 

had just came from witnessing the 

crucifixion, and feels its theme with prayerless zeal have subsided, 

ail the freshness and force of a new ! the undevout deeds which have 

van, we shall find that it is only that 
which is sanctified by obedience and 
prayer. When the clamors of a 


revclation ? The zeal which, du- j zlcd and astonished men have spent 
ring its intervals of labor, repairs their force, let us mark what is left 
to the mount of vision, to see the in the censer — only that Which par- 
funeral procession of six hundred took of the nature of active and sol- 
millions of souls ? to tho mouth of emn prayer. This is all that lives 
perdition, to hear the voices of these to reach the skies ; all that heaven 

saying, as the voice of one man, 
"send to our brethren, lest they also 
come into this place of torment ?" 
to calvary to renew its vigor by 
touching the cross, where its holiest 
ministers became flames of lire, and 
found scope to burn with infinite 
zeal ? 

"Prove me now," saith God, 
"whether I will not open the win- 
dows of heaven to bless you." 11'/// 

receives from earth ; all that is ever 
permitted to ascend before God ; 
and when the history of the world 
shall be summed up, nothing which 
had not been in that censer will be 
named except to be condemned. — 
The first prayer of Christ himself on 
his ascension to heaven was for the 
effusion of the spirit. Hence, then, 
we are brought into the special prov- 
ince of the Spir 

a region in which i 






our only robe should lie humility, 
our only posture that of dependence, 
our only language in reference to 
the Missionary Cause, that of prayer 
for an effusion of the great sin con- 
vincing Spirit of the world, and for 
the essential resignation to yield 
ourselves into the hands of the Al- 
mighty as useful instruments for the 
recovery of mankind through gos- 
pel means. 


New Enterprise^ Pa. 



Iii its onward march, it makes 
many changes. The man who a 
few years ago was yotfhg and fair, 
quick and lively, now measured his 
steps slowly. Time has furrowed 
his lace, weakened his limbs, chang- 
ed the cast of his hair, and in short 
all about him slows visible signs of 

The course of time has dispersed 
the family that was once an unbro- 
ken hand In the father's house. — 
Some, have gone to their eternal 
home ; some roaming o'er the deso- 
late world, burdened down with cares. 

And as we look back through the 
dim vista of the past, and our eyes 

]•'••"•••" ''••■ »«iil nf.time to the BWfifit 
days of childhood, we are led 

chtin: ''would we were in reality 
with thee again, for 'twas then iu the 
sportive mirth of guileless joy,WO gli- 
ded o'er the rugged stream of time, 
unconscious of the billows ari.-ing. 
and of the itornjfl that Would ere 
long bullet our frail and fragile hark 
On time's troubled w:i 

Time also in its train has brought 
mighty changes in the rising, and 
downfall of Empires and Kingdom-. 

It has brought nations from the 
dark and doleful paths of heathen- 
ism to the shining light of chris- 


But what is the uios: mortifying 
in the review of time, are the chang- 
es in the Church of the unchanging 
< tod ; when wf look back throu^ 
convolutions of time 1 and behold the 

changes, we are ftlmOSt made to 

J think, that the writer was not far 
from the truth, when he said, "Our 
churches have bo far gone from 
primitive Christianity, that they 


need a fresh regeneration, — a new 
kind of religion." Iniquity in al- 
most everv imaginable form 
abounds, and instead of the church 
converting the world, the world is 
converting the church ; and instead 
of becoming a light to the world is 
becoming a stumbling block. Why 
languish and die! Let us arise with 
one heart and one voice, and con- \ 
tend for the ancient land-marks, 
that we may outride the storms of 
time, and at last, though weary and 
care-worn, land safely on the ever- 
green shore, where time in its on- 
ward flight brings no change. 

Tyrone, Pa. 

/'"/■ ttu < '■>iiij iitiion. 
Tin* Inipi iiik-iiI Sinner. 
The criminal arraigned before a 
tribunal to have his sentence of con- 
demnation pronounced upon him, is 
truly an object of pity and compas- 
sion : but far more so the impeni- 
tent and hardened sinner, although 
his 1 cheerful mind, his intellectual 
abilities and corporeal V1 g"'' may 
infuse a hope of long life and world- 
ly prosperity, lie dreams of pres- 
ent ami future pleasures, though the 
paat Is ^t.-->;»....i uith erime, the pres- 
ent full of disappointments and the 
future dark with horror. Whilst on 
the brink of everlasting ruin his 
heart is careless and indifferent, 
and with fondness makes plans for 
future Behsnal gratification-,. 

He stands at the crystal fount of 
living waters, but will not taste. — 
The purple stream which cleanseth 
from all impurity, flows by him un- 
ceasingly, but he goes not in that 
he may be washed and made whole. 
Heavenly light in glorious splendor 
sheds its enlljfhtaing beams around 
him, but he opens not his eye-; that 
he may Bee. The herald of salva- 
tion Bounds the trump of peace ia 
is, but be will not boar. The 

thunders roll, and | 08 ding 

peal threaten^ him with in 
deatli and terror, but he treads the 

path of life in listle a iodiSbreo 
How awful his condition ! The 
longer be li\ e the w orae be boc< 
and the more guilt he heap- upon 
his head. II i the wa 

misery, thinking it to lead to ease 
and happiness ; and at the moment 
when his countenance brightens with 
the expectation of ending his I 
and realizing all his hopes, he may 
be plunged into the low depths of 
of an eternal hell ! 

J. S. GMT. 
New 0.i /(/•</, Pa. 

Thoughts* on Tobacco. 

" To smoke or not to smoke, — that 
is the question. Does it become a 
reasonable creature, like man, to 
take a filthy weed from the earth, 
twist it up in the shape of a c 
set fire to one end of it, and 
the other end between the teeth, and 
then draw the smoke into the mouth 
and emit it again to pollute the air 
or suffocate some by -slander, who 
has no love for tobacco-smoke in his 
own mouth, much less from the m >Uth 
or nose of a stranger. Our country 
readers are happily exempt from 
the evil- which attend this practice. 
They have an abundance of free and 
wholesome air, and can I 
uninfected with tobace But 

let the reader look at SOUK 
grown men, with their hats on one 
side of their head, each of them iu 
--ion of his n-a roding 

on the public . and obliging 

all pas-ers by to take a puff oi 
smoke into their nostrils, and some 
ashes into their ey ther with 

the little pure air that a oitj street 
can furnish. Suppose they should 
throw their tobacco into somel 
well, or dump a cartload of ( 
stumps into a reservoir by which 
some cities are supplied with w 
what a general burst of Indian 
would there be ! But have 1 D 
good a right to pane air, as 
have to pure wal ir : L)o wi 

Continually hear of ] . 

the courts to oblige men . 
their pig pens an I 
and chemical works when thej 
the sun iuii linj 

and affoi t the pCOpl 



itial to ha I' 


out work. 





Tyrone City, Pa., May 7, 1867. 


Brother HoUirvgwi — I will again 

through the Com p a ni on, according 
to promise try to give a history of 
things out in this Western country, 
daring the poet Wintef. (When! 

lui wrote, Winter \v;is about setting 

iii.) Boom of the brethren hate the 
impression on their minds, that we 

have wonderful cold weather out 
here. Now I have been here but 
one winter with my family, and I 
will try to give you my experience 
of the" past winter. The ground 
froze up about the 20th of Decem- 
ber MM continued so until the lirst 
of April. During the Winter we 
had hut OlM rain J that was. in Feb. 
it reined one night. We had but 
little snow, hardly enough for good 
sleighing, at any one time. No mud 
during the whole Winter. Some 
middling cold days in Jan. About 
16 degreed below Zero was the cold- 
est. Kel.. wwqtrite pleasant; March 
about the coldest month through- 
out. Wc had but little wind the 

l.:<l:ili<*c of tin.' Winter, and taking 

all things into consideration 1 don't 
think we ever spent a more pleas- 
ant Winter. The coldest day we 
bid brother David Brower and I 
traveled twelve miles without stop- 
ping to warm, and that across the 
oj-e'n Prairie. Although our Spring 
is later than usual, wc have very 
line weather. Since Spring has 
commence 1 we have had several 
rain-, about the time the frost was 
coming oat of the ground ; since 
that fane nice and dry. Wheat ami 
0*fa lit aboutafl in the ground, and 
doing well. Things appear to be in 
a prosperous condition. There has 
hern I large amount of grain sowed. 
So much tor our temporal affairs. 
\- .1 our spiritual affairs we arc 
. in a prosperous condition. We 
have increased eoastderablv m nam 
her this Spring. En March seven 
members moved here, and they are 
still coming. There were two added 
bv Baptism lately, and uioie. have 
application tj be received. — 


There were two Brethren from Tus- 
carawas Co., Ohio, last week ; they 
bought those farms and will move 
here about the first of Sept.'^with 
their families. Wc number now 
about 65. We have regular meet- 
ing every Sunday, and during the 
Winter wc had evening meetings 
twice a week, at different places, and 
still there are more calls than can 
he filled. There are many people 
hero who never heard the Brethren 
preach until lately, and they appear 
to manifest a strong interest in the 
cause we advocate. There are oth- 
ers here that were raised where the 
Brethren held meeting, but have 
been separated from them so long 
that they now begin to feel them- 
selves at home again. But in tak- 
ing all things together, I have never 
been in a place where the people 
maintained better order, and pay 
better attention to the preached 
word, than they do here ; and this 
gives us much encouragement to la- 
bor. Although we are often made 
to realize that the harvest is plen- 
teous but the laborers few. May 
the Lord send more laborers into 
his vineyard to labor. Brethren 
how do you reconcile the matter 
with y„uroclrca, where there are 
many of you met together and not 
half enough labor. May the God 
of all love be with his people and 
bless them. 

Brooklyn, Iowa. 

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March 31st 18G7. J 
Brother Henry ; I wish to inform 
the brethren and sisters and all who 
love to hear of my safe arrival at 
this place. 

Wc left Ashland, Ohio on the 
12th of March. Arived in Marshal- 
town Iowa on the 16th, at '.) P. M. 
Made inquiry as to the whereabouts 
of brother David Bccchley, formerly 
of Somerset Co., Fa. Arrived at his 
residence at noon, and after some 
refreshment, returned with brother 
D. 15. to Elder John Murray's had 
some pleasant conversation on dif- 
ferent subjects. Was informed h\ 
brother Murrey that the brethren 
had an organized Church in Shelby 

Co,. Iowa: was glad for the infor- 
mation as they are, I suppose, the 
nearest bretheni for the present. 
17th; asemblod with the brethcrn 
and sisters at the place and time 
appointed for Divine worship ; felt 
very much encouraged and built up 
under the remarks of the brethcrn, 
from the fact that the brethern in 
the West preach the same gospel as 
they do in the East. This shows 
that they are taught by the same 
Master, and led by the same spirit. 
Spent several days in visiting 
among the members. 21st resumed 
oup journey westward, and arrived 
at Omaha in the morning of the 
22nd. Had the 'liscouraging news 
again that the Kail Road was block- 
aded with snow, between this and 
Fremont. This reminded me of the 
children of Israel traveling through 
the wilderness to the promised land. 
Had to lay over until the 30th. 
Arrived safe at our desired destiny. 
We feel thankful to the Lord for his 
protection extended over us during 
our journey. 

Yours in love. 


Brother Holsinyer : — We wish 
^uu to "lufuim u.ii brethren and sis- 
ters, who expect to come to Annual 
Meeting by way of Baltimore, that 
Bush Creek congregation lie3 on 
both sides of the Baltimore and Ohio 
Rail Road, for a considerable dis- 
tance. Our meeting house is in 
sight of Monrovia depot. Our Ter- 
ritory is large and our members 
scattered. We therefore wish to 
have meeting at several different 
places at the same time. We can 
use to advantage one dozen minis- 
ters, and no disadvantage if more 
than twice that number would come. 
Wc can entertain them, and those 
that arc with them, in our commai 
way, and they can relieve each oth- 
er in the ministry. We want to put 
in as many meetings as can be held 
from Friday evening till Sunday 
evening inclusive. On Monday 
1 morning we will return all to the 
Hail ltoad in time to reach Balti- f - 
more, and make the proper connec- f ^ 
tibna on the Western Maryland rl 
Hail Road, and reach Lynn-Wood^ 



Monday evening, 
to the place of Annual Meet 
Our brethren will be 

station early 

ing. Our brethren will be at Mon- 
rovia Depot, on Friday before Pen- 
tccost, from 8 A. M. till 5 1'. M. to 
convey Ministers and iheir company 
to different parts of the congrega- 
tion. Now Brethren don't let the 
thought of crowding us prevent you 
from coming. If the number is 
too great to use all, we canstillhave 
the pleasure of your company, and 
enjoy the blessing of entertaining 
you. We wish all ministers to in- 
form us of their coming, by letter 
addressed to us, at Linganore,FredT 
crick County, Maryland, as soon as 
possible, so we can have time to 
make our appointments. 
Bv request of the Church, 


Dear Brother Henry ; The Breth- 
ren who compose the Eastern Dis- 
trict of Maryland, met (according 
to previous arrangements) in Dis- 
trict meeting at the Beaver-dam 
meeting house in Frederick countv, 
mi Tuesday morning the 23rd of 
April ; and closed their labors at 
8. p m. on the following day. They 
dicposoa of a o e nnu^arkblfl amount 

of business ; and adjourned to meet 
at Monococy Mceting-hoitse (Lord 
willing) on Tuesday morning the 
14tli day of April, 1808 ; being the 
first Tuesday after Faster Sunday. 
Before adjourning they ordered the 
minutes of the meeting to be printed 
on a separate form for the use of 
the Brethren in the Eastern District 

I remain TQTO1 M over. 

Philip Boyle, Clerk, 

• ♦♦■ 

limlhrr llmry ; "That the Lord 
works when no man can »ork," is 
exemplified to us from time to. time, 
in the incidents of life ; and that be 
works the works that BO BUM can 
do, is another of the pcculLaB atri- 
lmtes of God. Bj the will of the 
creature man, lie will transform 
him, through the operation of con- 
version, a new creature, pure good 
yea, fit meet for the ■••ten Bit. 

Since my last we have had six 
additions to the church, four by 

baptism, and two reclaimed. The 
good work is going on ; and we 
hope many more soon will be wil- 
ling to confess "Jesus to be the 

D. F. GOOD. 
Antietam Branch, Pa. 


Information tor I lie brethren 
the South. 

I have made arrangments with 
the Superintendent of the Va. Tenn. 
R. R. for all the members passing 
over that Road to return free of 
charge, by delivering a certificate 
to the conductor, signed by the 
Clerk of the meeting. I am also 
coresponding with the Superinten- 
dent of the Orange and Alexandria 
R. R. and think it highly probable 
that, he will grant the same privil- 
ege. I am instructed by those 
officres to instruct the brethren to 
have a certificate for each Road 
over which they pass, as the con- 
ductors are required to have some- 
thing to show from each passenger. 
I would suggest in that case, for 
every one to provide for themselvs 
the required number of certificates, 
so that the Clerk would have noth- 
ing to do but write his name. 


Brother Hohinyer ; According to 
promise we now acknowledge the 
recept of the money sent to us by 
our dear brethren and sisters. 
Eld. Jacob Miller, Portage, §10.00 
II. Geiger, Phila., Pa., 25.00 

L.L.Tombaugh, Ilillsboro, Pa., .">u 
P. Brumbaugh, Coff. Run, Pa., 2.00 
S. II. Cassel, Pa,. 5.0U 

Susan Rowland, Lanark, 111., 15.00 
Sam'!. Frederick, Arcadia, <>. 5.00 
A Sister, 2.00 



Wt feel truly thankful to our 
dear brethren and >i-(.-i > for tin re 

kindness, and we prat God to abun- 
dantly bless them for their liberality 
to the poor. One of our brethren 
died since he was drafted ; he paid 
$3(M). The money he had gathered 
to get himself a little home. The 

mot lister n now left t.. itrnggle 
for berseif. We thank God 

having put into the hearts of our 
brethren and sisters to give to the 
poor in time of need. 


• ^ 

Brother H. G. Cilery, Coningt<n, 
Ohio, reports a visit, in company 
with brother David Younce, to Ran- 
dolph Co., Ind. The meetings were 
commenced under the most gloomy 
prospects, but closed with demon- 
strations of the presence of the Spirit 
of the Lord. A number of persons 
embracing the young, the middle 
aged, and the aged, were added to 
the Church, and many more were 
almost persuaded to become chris- 
tians. May the Lord help all, and 
enable those who have made the 
profession, to adorn their calling 
with a godly walk, and a chaste con- 


By permission of God we purpose 
to visit the following churches, on 
our route to the Annual Meeting: 

May 23rd and 24th at Spring 
Run; Stop off at IfoYortown. 

On the 25th Stop in Mount joy, 
and spend 6 days in the two church - 

On Saturday the 1st of June la 
arrive in Philadelphia j spend the 
time there and in the Green Tree, 
and Indian Creek church-; till the 
t'niHj k> start to the Meeting. 
Brethren in those places mav make 
arrangement accordingly, if tliev 
see prefer*. I expect mmm one to 
accompany me. 


Brother Holtinger ; Pleas anounce 
through the QmuMmien ewCommun 

)on Meeting in the Antietam branch 
franklin Co. l' ;k . at t l u . \\clts s 

Meeting Jmbbb, 5 nilei South of 
Waynesboro, Bad * miles North of 
Smithbnrg, Washington Co Md, 

tlie Ttli OBJ of June ne\!. BOfJB W B* 
cing in the morning. Those going 
bv private covevanei tin- 

North and West will pass directly 
bj m, A cordial invitation i- . \ 
tended |o all VBQ can be « mL 


Smithf'urij. Md. 

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L< H 


v_ 1 • win to held in B 

g-h >uw, new brother 

- take Snnng \ allcv 

tnencingat 1" o 

n J in i ty. Invitation 

to all, pecialy to ministering 

brethren. J ICOB STHEL. 

(To ©nr Corrtspouicnts. 

intend, the Lord willing, to 
have a 1 rt in the Sandy 

branch on the evening of the 24th 
of May, at brother Abraham Heas- 
tend's, about one mile and a half 
South of the Reading meeting-house, 
where thf Eastern District >Ieetin^, 
of Ohio, will be held on the 25th.— 
We hope the brethren who expect 
t.. utt.'ii 1 -itiiil District Meeting will 
meet with us on Friday. Those 
who come t>v way of railroad will 
Btop at Winchester station, on the 
P. & C. R. R.j six miles South of 
Aliance. There will be convey- 
ance there to convey them to the 
place where the Lovefeast will be 

Moult fir, Ohio. 

District .Meeting. 

The Western District of I'cnn'a. 
will hold its second Council Meeting 
with the Plain Creek congregation, 
iu Armstrong Co., commencing on 
:7th of May. A hearty invita- 
tion to all the brethren. Those 
coming by railroad, will come on 
the Penna. Central to Blairsvillc 
Intersection; then on Llairsville 
branch to Indiana. By informing 
brother Ceo. Shaffer in time, there 
mil be conveyances provided at In- 
diana to place of meeting. 
Ly order of com. of arrangements. 

n /. Pa. 


The Brethren** Ntrm Hymn Hook. 

We have now received a number 
of copies of the Brethren's New 
Hymn Book, of the several styles of 
binding. For prices sec our adver- 

ment elsewhere. 

The;,- may be had of brother Ja- 
L. Wineland, in the < lores 
'.. branch, and brother ! 
Ucinl for their 

immediate neighborhood. 

Ucad wo will notice and reply to 
correspondents, and give oilier notices, when 
It la thought advisable to withhold the real 
name, and reserve Ay oil. £■""* the ^^ 
of cl>-t< -i-niiniiiic tlic propriety of publishing 

Bamucl LongeneckeT*s address i~ < i 
from Hnnterstown, Adams Co. I'a., to Catne- 
ronla, Northumberland Co.. Pa. 

1.. Kenny. Think it i- .11 riirht : kept no 

Jobs K'»,r. Where i* your paper to be 
changed from ( 

Books, &o., for sale at this Office. C 

New Hymn BookM. 


One copy, post paid, $0.73 

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Where out- or two dozen is wan d. in j. la- 
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i heapcr by express. 



D I K D . 

In tlic Antietam branch Kr.-uiklin Co. Pa. 
brother EUAS NULL ; aged J^ years. services by I). Holsinger and the 
m rltor. 

Same place March 19, ADAJUADB. daugh- 
ter of Christian IIOOEM.W , aged 4 years 3 
month, and 15 days. Funeral services by 
the writer, 

Same place March 25 infant child of broth- 
er Ellas and sister N1JLL8 aged 7 month. 
Funeral services by D. Holsinger and writer. 

April 18th MINIE WENGEB, daughter of 

Elam and Wenger, aged 6 month and 

l'J days. Services by the writer; 

April 13 WASHINGTON, son of brother 
Mat hew M ETC ALT ; aged G years 10 month 
tind 18 days. Sarrtcefl by J. F. Rohw, D. 
Holsinger and writer. 

April 22nd JOHN, oldest son of brother C. 
SHOCKEYB, of consumption ; aged 36 years 
B month and in days. Services by J. F Korhcr 
I). Holsinger and the writer. 

D. S*. flnrm. 

In upper Cumberland branch Cumberland 
Co. Pa. GEORGE Youngest son of brother 
John C. and sister Susannah HOFFAKER ! 
Bged - years months less one day. Funeral 
services by brother Daniel Holliuger and the 

John Urindle. 

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Number 20. 

No (row, No Crown. 
'Tie my happiness below 

Not to live without the cross ; 
But the Savior's power to know 

Sanctifying every loss. 

Trials must and will befall ; 

But with humble faith to see 
Love Inscribed upon them all, 

This 16 happiness to me. 

Trials make the promise sweet ; 

Trials give new life to prayer ; 
Trials bring to Jesus' feet, 

Lay me low and keep me there. 

Did I meet no trials here, 

No chastisements by the way, 

Might I not with reason fear 
I should prove a cast away ? 

For the Companion. 
Causes and Effects. 

Having for a number of years 
paid particular attention to Effects 
produced from Causes ; and also no- 
ticed in ray intercourse and associa- 
tion with my brethren, that all de- 
sire to do and say that which might 
produce the best effects, yet after 
all, the best means to bring about 
good effects have not always been 
made use of. I, therefore, thought 

to notice some improprieties in our 

conduct, as a body of brethren, and 
shall begin with the most prominent 
station, descending to the last in ro- 

First then we will go to our An- 
nual Meeting and see there chosen 
a Committee, one of them to be a 
Moderator or keeper of order, an- 
other or two as Clerk or Scribe ; 
each one of these has assigned to 
him a duty or work to perform, and 
much depends upon performing that 
duty aright. The Moderator open- 
ing the meeting gives notico to the 
Clerk now to read, which he does ; 
and now privilege ii given to all 
present to discuss if they see prop- 
er. While this is doing the Modera- 
tor reminds the spoaker of order, if 
out of order. All having spoken 
that wish to speak, or sufficient time 
being occupied, the Moderator and 
CJerk may throw in their mite, if 
they see proper. The query then 
being disposed of, all may fool wclL 

But if instead of giving the audi- 
ence the first chance of speaking, the 
reverse is done, the effects are : an 
appearance of self-sufficiency and a 
consequent ill will against the actor 
or speaker, and a reluctance to sub- 
mit when called to order. 

The above is not written to cast 
reflections on those brethren who 
have of late served in that capacity; 
contrarywise their proper deport- 
ment has in part called forth these 

Next in order are our District 
Meetings which if I understand a- 
right are to be conducted much in 
the same order of A. M., and conse- 
quently the same characters stand 
prominent before the Assemblage, 
and it would seem to be very unbe- 
coming, if one would exercise in the 
place of the other, that is, (the 
Clerk gives liberty to speak, and the 
Moderator to read,) or any one else 
to act in the place of either. Great 
caution should be used not to curb 

iVio a|M*34 of f. .oJ^m «, nA I'.lmrtv 

and particularly if a private member 
should wish to express himself. Let 
sociability and a feeling of equality 
be cultivated. Let the Moderator, 
or order keeper be particularly mild 
humble and meek, yet firm in his 
calling ; If the contrary is exhibit- 
ed the effects will be most hurtful 
to himself and the Church. Let 
none speak under excitement, nor 
under the vain impression that la- 
alone is right, and therefore his prop- 
ositions must be adopted ; perhaps 
if one speaks more than twice on 
the same nvettton be exhibits a per- 
tinacity, bordering on self-import- 
ance. If any of the ahove named 
errors are committed, the effects will 

be Dim w 

We now come to the thirl Of 
primary department, which of all 
others may lie the nio>t important . 
therefore in the tir^t plaee the Elder 
or housekeeper should first and fori 
most be firmly inclined to "hear the 

Church," he should never denounce 
or underrate, or speak disrespectful- 
ly of the counsels given by A. M. 
or D. M. when he himself ought to 
be, and in reality is, a member of 
that body, whether he is active or 
lies dormant, he should himself at- 
tend and assist to have every thing 
done in gospel order, and if at any 
time something should have been 
decided without meeting his full ap- 
probation should submit for the time 
being. If he fails in this, insubor- 
dination and disorder will be the 
consequence, for as the adage is "he 
that would govern must first learn to 
obey," oi as Jesus says, "he that 
would be great shall be the servant 
of all." 

It is a lamentable fact, that from 
the neglect of the above points in 
housekeepers and speakers, most 
difficulties arise, and most queries 
presented to A. M. originate from 
that source, as well as cause the 
necessity of Committees being sent 

ts\ inve«,t,i"ati> (iml Rettln diffieiilti/»<. 
Would it not be more conducive 

to harmony, union and love, it" the 

teachers, one and all. would require 

or ask of the help-; or \i-ut member-;. 

to inform them at any time of any 

thing that might be objectionable in 

their teaching, manners, deportment, 

or mode of government in the 

church 1 Well remembering what 

is said or done should be to edifi< 

tion ; and though tilings might be 

lawful for u >r d >. _\ M not 

be expedient : and M these hrethren 

named are better calculate I t > judge 

of us than ourselves, they having 

not only the lihcrtv to inform us, 

but also know they do us and the 

church a t'a\or and service, therchy 

preventing many hard feelings and 

woandi that are often occasioned. — 

Hut to irain the confidence of those 

brethren, we should not ir 

I ; but patiently and meekly 

usten to their words, and ii I 

bj those hinti given j in *o doin " 


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love, ^cid will and respect will be 
gaine i Tone and all, influence and 
u-c fulness increased, so that watch- 
ing and prayer becomes doubly ne- 
cessary not to fall in a worse error 
at lost. 

I will yet here state that one of 
the prominent causes why members 
stay away from church or Council 
meeting! is the want of liberty giv- 
en them to express their feelings on 
. the presiding Elder often 
times being plaintiff, Attorney, Ju- 
ry and Judge, in a greater or less 
degree. - 

Having thus expressed myself 
freely, I expect candor and kind 
forbearance on my brethrens' side 
where I may err. 

Finally my brethren, if there is 
any virtue, if there i3 any praise, 
think of these things. 

Yours in Gospel Union, 


Bhomingdale, Mich. 

m m 

For the Companion. 
The Lost Power. 

Brother Holsinger ; I again take 

my pen in hand in order to indite 

another epistle on u T7ie Lost Poto- 

er" of the church of Christ. My 

object is not for controversy, for I 

do not think any of our knowing 

brethren will call in question the 
command of our blessed Redeemer 

as spiritual. 
for upwaids 
of thirty years, until about three 
years ago, when I attached myself 
to the Brethren. When I was con- 
vinced that Baptism was an essen- 
tial : I sought for the church of 
Christ. On an investigation of the 
practices of the numerous churches, 
I was led to believe the church of 
the Brethren, the nearest to that 
organized by the meek and lowly 
Savior. After obedience, I expe- 
nd a fulfilment of the promise 
—the gift of the Holy Ghost. 
lY"in that point until I read an 
article in the -nd No. of pv 
volume, on the Commission of the 
Savior; I never had a doubt to 
in in v mind. I believed that 
the Old Jinthnn t<>ok the word of 
God as the man of their council : 
but when an old Elder, with appa- 
\X authoritati bed that 

being literal as well 
I was a Pedo-Baptist 

although it was literally fulfilled in 
the apostles' time- — now the church 
only enjoy it spiritually : I was led 
to doubt if the time church had yet 
"come up out of the wilderness." 
I, with brother Zug (in No: 11, 
present vol.) would like to know 
what right has any one to under- 
stand this spiritually % and that 
literally. If we spiritualize or lit- 
eralize God's word to suit our own 

ideas, because we fail to do the things gence and let our light shine before 

that they may be enabled to 

withdrawn from the church ? Did 
ho not expressly teach his followers 
that after his ascension, they should 
do greater things than he had done? 
If his spirit is not with the church 
in the performing of his wonderful 
works ; is it not for the want of a 
pure christian, life, aud faith in his 
Holy promises 1 Then, if the fault 
is in us, should we not bestir our- 
selves to a redoubling of our dili- 

the Savior said we should do in his 
name ; we give the Pedo Baptists 
all they want, for they spiritualize 
the commands and thus keep their 
ship from sinking. We should not 
give up a single jot or tittle of the 
word of God. Instead of yielding 
so important a point in the word of 
inspiration, let us look about and 
see if there is not some deficiency 
in our faith and practise. 

"When writing of the rapid pro- 
gress of Christianity among the Gen- 
tile nations ; when it was an ac- 
knowledged fact that the instru- 
ments used by the blessed 
were naturally poor, feeble, 


see our good works, and glorify 

our Father who is in heaven. 


For the Companion. 
Review of the Companion. 

It is well to preserve and exam- 
ine those productions of our breth- 
ren : it is right to compare them 
with the source from which they are 
all said to emanate. It is also right 
and obligatory upon us that we ex- 
press to the brethren our conclu- 
sions thus drawn, with a willingness 
Jesus ! an( l desire that they should be cor- 
illiter- ' rected and again presented to us, 

ate fishermen. Mosheim in his 
Ancient History says : "What in- 
deed contributed still further to this 
glorious event was the power vested 
in the anostlc.s M f transmitting to 
their disciples these miraculous 
gifts ; for many of the first christi- 
ans were no sooner baptized accor- 
ding to Christ's appointment, and 
direction to the service of God by 
solemn prayer and the imposition 
of hands, than they spoke languag- 
es which they had nev<jr known or 

and so on whilst we are pilgrims up- 
on the earth. "We must improve the 
talents which God has given us, and 
lay up treasure in heaven while time 
is allotted unto us. The more oppo- 
sition and the greater trials we with- 
stand, according tc our strength, the 
greater will be our reward. 

The saints are tried by a fiery 
trial. They are likely to be offen- 
ded and to fall from grace, because 

of the word of God 
power and pureness. 

because of its 
God declares 

learned before foretold future events; that it is a sin to pray improperly, 

healed the sick by pronouncing the 
name of Jesus, restored the dead to 
life, and performed many tlungs 
above the reach of human power. 
And it is no wonder if man, who 
had the power of communicating to 

yet lie commands all men to pray. 
He also informs us that it is wicked- 
ness to think that his gifts to men 
can be bought with money : Never- 
theless he commands us to give all 
the money we can possibly spare to 

others these marvelous gifts, appear- those who are most needy. To give 

cd great and respectable, wherever 
they exercised their glorious minis- 

Burkcct in his notes asserts that 
the power was used in the church 
for une hundred and twenty Jive 
ytar* after the Savior ascended to 
the Father. Is there any record in 
God's word when the power was 

according as he has prospered us. — 
He shows us that there arc many 
things which are by men denomina- 
ted wisdom, knowledge, and under- 
standing. He condemns them. But 
assures ua that these things — genu- 
ine — arc accepted with him, and 
commanded by him to bo sought af- 
ter. In like manner he condemns ', 




the high minded— the high places, 
and declares that if we choose the 
part which lu> h&S chosen— if we re- 
in >w our feet from evil, &c. He 
will cause us to ride upon the high 
places of the earth. So in like man- 
ner he condemns many other things 
which have become polluted or whfch 
are false ; but recommends them in 
their purity. We 

want something 

the Sub-Council Meeting, select two 
suitable persons from each congre- 
gation composing said District meet 
ing, which in the aggregate will 
make some 20 or 30 persons set a- 
part by all the churches. 

•Jnd. Let those brethren tlius set 
apart form a Standing Committee 
upon ways and means, for the fur- 
ther proclamtion of the gospel. — 

171 i) 

quire upon quire of paper appropri- 
ated in writing upon the subject; 
there have been hour3 of precious 
time employed in both speaking and 
and writing on it ; there has been 
much more time wasted in readme 
and studying about it, with no sati* 
factory results, hence the great im- 
tanoe of immediate and prompt ac- 
tion. Now brethren let us at once 

practical that will lead us to the de- Let them be vested with power adopt some plan, arrange some sys- 
sired end, namely : — To train a child \ plenipotentiary indevising ways and tern and go to work because it is on- 

in the way he should go. To bring 
up our children in the nurture and 
admonition of the Lord, and to go 
into all the world and preach the 
gospel, &c. These commandments, 
with many others are not obeyed by 
us as they ought to be. Now if it 

is wrong or unsate to encourage 

Sabbath-schools & to give some of our j from among the Ministering 
money to our brethren, who would, if em as many laborers, as in their 
they had it become better workmen in j wisdom they may deem necessary, 
the ministration of the woid of God. j or as many as they are able to 
My prayer is that those of our dear j support ; and send them at once 
brethren who are favored with a 'into the field, that they may devote 
real assurance of the propriety of their whole time to the work. It 

means by which the gospel may be ly by work that we will ever accora- 
more widely delfused, and let them plish any thing. I therefore sub- 
have power to draw upon their re- nait those reflections to the serious 
spective churches (by consent of consideration of the brethren, hope- 
course) for those things which are ing, and praying that thev will do 
necessary for the successful prose- something, and that speedily, for 
cution of the same. the benefit of the thousands that are 

select perishing daily f or the "Bread ef 

breth- eternal life." 

I remain as ever yours in the one 


3rd Let this Committee 

speaking against those things, will 
not delay in proposing to us some- 
thing that is really better. I hope 
we all admit that sin in all its vari- 
our forms is trying hard to creep 

into the Church. Hut brfit.hrf»n lot 

us be careful how, when, and where 

will then" become the duty of the 
Committee to see to the manage- 
ment of their secular affairs, to the 
support of their families, &c. Then 
will the work of the Lord progress. 

Now T mi^ht offer many rp».snns 

in favor of the adoption of the above 

we speak for or against things which plan by the next Annual Meetin 

we do not understand, which are 
hard to be understood, and which 
the unlearned do wrest as they do 
also the other scriptures, lest haply 
we be found fighting against God. 
Shirleysbury, Pa. 

/'or the Companion. 
A Plau lor Spreading (lie €io*pcl. 

In as much as there seems to be 
a very great and formidable difficul- 
ty renting upon the minds of many 
of the brethren with regard to some 

Moderator,'* Foreman, a Sacretan, J*!"!' 1 Mabraoa. the two boys 
or a Standing Committee on any '" \"" f* ^ oi ll,li ' fha * <>«« 

plan which would ho practiablo and 
efficient in the more extensive dif 
fusion of Gospel knowledg — Ami 

whereas, no satisfactory plan, euleu- other buisiness pertainiu 
lated to meet the exigencies of the Church, a« that there is i 
case has been suggested, and adop- , the other. Rut as stated 
ted, by the brethren as vet. I ■ I hold that the Church has powor 
thorofore, suggest the following, to create any ofloe, when the exi- 
which 1 think is a Scriptural one. gencies demand it; and now for the 
1st. Let each District, composing j reason. There have been already 

Cherokee, Tenn. 

A Literal Obedience. 

Two boys, brothers, had fallen 
out, and in the whirlwind of passion 
the elder struck the younger on the 
cheek. Brave as steel aud quick 
as lightning, the other raised his 
arm to return the blow ; but ere it 
fen, ne i-eiueuiuera now lie had read 
that morning by his mother's knee 


on the one cheek, turn to him the 
other also." No sophist, but a aim. 
pie child who took Christ's words in 
their plain and ordinary sense, he 
drops his arm, and turning on' his 
brother eyes where tears of forgive- 
ness had uuenehed flash of anger 
he offered the other cheek for a 
second blow. It was the others 
turn to weep now. Surprised, sub- 
dued, melted, he Ml uU llis Drota . 
ei s neck; and, kissing i liln 

knowledgedhwoffeneeand implored 
forgiveness. And there, looked in 

1 a 

• our Lord's 

to die h -^': [ ttud "lT^mly most imprac- 

for , tK ' abl ° "YWWhOM admit of a more 

literal obedience diau auv give 

them, and than any almost suppose 

n possible to give them 

but I think that "a word to the wise the ?, e words/'When one smites th 
is sufficient." I will however give 
one or two reasons. The plan may 
be objected to on the ground that 
the Scriptures furnish no authority 
for the creation of any such offices 
in the Church as a Committie on 
ways and means, but let it be re- 
membered that the Bible does furn- 
ish us with authority for the creation 
of any office in the church that mav be 
nesocssary for the promotion of 
Christ's Kingdom. We might with 
the same propriety say that there 
i no Scriptural authority for a 

G I 

lores open ban! 




It's wiser heinij Rood than bad ; 

.ifir bung milk than Rem ; 
It's Mter being sanethnn road. 

an hope is » *»n » ill picrco 
The thickest cloud earth ever stretched ; 

Thai, after Last relume the First, 
Though n wide compass round be fetched; 
That what began beet can't end worst ; 
Nor what Coil blest once, prove accurst. 

For the Companion 
Replj to brother WrlghtNmau 

My dear brother ; We, who are perishing world. 

rinthians : "As I have given order 
to the churches of Galatia, even so 
do ye." "Upon the first day of the 
week let every one of you lay by 
him in store as the Lord has pros- 
pered him." Now let our brethren 
do as Paul has "given order." And 
then whosoever they may approve 
shall receive their liberality, and 
bear the "Glad Tidings" to the 
Brethren consid- 

anMCWtonuid to write for the press, 
write quite ambiguously. You say 
in Ckm pm t Um No. 18, that I "mis- 
understood your idea." I see by 
your last that I did misunderstand 
you. Pleas© pardon me. But 
brother I drew m} conclusion from 
the elosing part of your first arti- 
cle. You say, "Go ye." "Anddo 
not wait to be called" &c. From 
the above I drew my conclusion. — 
And now dear brother I will say 
with all christian charity, that you 
misunderstood me, as to the cause 
that "affected my mind" It was 
not because there was apparent dis- 
agreement in our views, which I am 
happy to know was only immagina- 
ry, but because you said: "Herein 
the Southern boundary of our own 
nation, there are thousands, and 
multljili, ,1 thousands that never have 
heard the true gospel preached " 

er this matter prayerfully. And 
may the "Lord give understanding.' 

Fraternally yours, 


Oakland, Pa. 

For the Companion. 
Vindication the of Committee to 

Under the above caption, in pres- 
ent volume of Companion, page 101 
our worthy brother, D. M. Holsin- 
ger, promises to give an explanation 
of the Report as published in the 
Visitor, page 370, and seems to 
fault me for requiring an explana- 
tion. But in my opinion he does 
not make a satisfactory explanation, 
and in reply to his first proposition 
I would cite him to the Gospel, which 
was made by a perfect body, and 

say fn my Hrntliov lot "a mnVo all 

things according to that pattern, 

it over, and open 

This, dear brother, is what so deeply ; then we need not fear of falling into 

affected my mind. To think that 
there are so many who are perishing 
for want of preaching the truth. — 
But who is in fault ? My brethren 
think a moment at least. Who is 
in FAllT of this ? is it the minis- 
try ? Let us see. I know a minis- 
tering brother who has spent ($2000) 
two thousand dollars of his own mon- 
ey, tiaveling and preaching. He 
now can travel no more unless the 
church assist him. 

I know another who had not so 
much property, who traveled and 

the hands of the Annual Meeting. 

Under figure 2 he says they did 
all they could but does not say why, 
so we cannot reply. 

Under figure 6 he says : The An- 
nual Meeting has intrusted us with 
the power of the keys (if I may use 
the term). I thought so too, the 
keys — but I do not think our broth- 
er meant that, inasmuch as the An- 
nual Meeting (or the Standing Com- 
mittee that nominated them) that 
they could do as they please, 
(though the inference would be such) 

preached, spending his money and ' for he very well knew that they have 

time, until he has become almost a 
church charge. He can travel no 
more unless assisted. Now what 
will such brethren do ? What ran 
they do ' 1 leave the brethren to 
answer. But yet there are "multi- thousands, who have not heard 
the truth preached. Brethren, what 
must we do ? Paul said to the Cor- 


to report to our next Annual Meet- 
ing, who will be the proper Judge, 
(next to the Gospel) to decide 
whether our Committees' transac- 
tions arc all right, and we are satis- 
fied to abide with the decision of the 
Annual Meeting. We hope the An- 
nual Meeting will send the keys 
back to Tennessee as soon as the 

Committee hands 

the door which now seems to be cloa 
od ; that those 43 may, upon an ac- 
knowledgment, satisfactory to tho 
Church, come into the house of God. 
Ladaga, lnd. 

Brother Neher had noticed all 
the propositions of brother D. M. 
Holsinger, but as we could see no 
point of argument in the others, and 
as they required a great deal of re- 
vising and correcting, we have omit- 
ted them. 

For the Companion. 
The two Kinds of Bread. 

In No. 7, page 58 of the current 
Vol. I notice an answer from Elder 
J. W. Price, to a query asked by 
brother A. Vandyke, in No. 2G Vol. 
1st of the Companion ; which query 
I never saw, but the query was (if I 
understand it right,) "did Christ 
use the same bread, or the same 
kind of bread, for the communion 
that he did for the supper? if so, 
why do we use both leavened and 
unleavened bread 1 " Elder J. W. 
P's answer met my approbation fully, 
for I could never, understand it oth- 
erwise ; I have examined the ques- 
tion frequently ; and also in the re- 
vised Testament, and I am strength- 
ened in my belief that the bread 
which the Savior broke was the same 
kind of bread that they had at sup- 
per. There is but very little differ- 
ance in King James' and the revis- 
ed edition. I think the Evangelist 
Matthew (in the revised edition) 
makes it a little the plainest, for he 
uses the definite article (the) and 
says, "And as they were eating, Je- 
sus took the bread," which undoubt- 
ly means the same kind of bread 
that they were using of at supper. 

The only difference in my weak 
judgment is this ; that the Savior 
was giving thanks, or asking a bles- 
sing of his father upon it. Now in 
my weak judgment he did use the 
same kind of bread ; and what kind? 
most assuredly unleavened for it 
was in the week of unleavened bread, 
for they had no other in their families 
that week, the vessels and all their 
houses had to be cleansed of every 
thing of the kind. 





him to do differently by threatening 
to discharge him, or reduce his wa- 
ges, — and even this id not eourte- 

In 1st Cor. 5:7: the apostle 
says: "Purge out therefore the old 
leaven that ye may be a new lump 
as ye are unleavened. For even , 
Christ our Passover is sacrificed for I ous in the first instance-but when you 
us." "And hence a little leaven | come to apply this rule to your spir- 
leaveneth the whole lump." 


Stony Creek, Pa. 


Tyrone City, Pa., May 14, 1867. 

What does it Mean. 

"If any more such articles as 

brother 's are published you 

can stop my paper." "If you con- 

itual servants, it may indeed be said 
of you that you heap to yourselves 
teachers, having itching ears. Where 
then would be our free, unrestrain- 
ed, unbribed ministry ? and to whom 
belongs the "free Press," and to 
whom liberty of conscience ! 

An aged brother while on this 
subject writes : "I have no objec- 
tions to such articles appearing, if 
tinue to publish such articles you ' the brethren on the other side are 
will lose much of your support from j heard also -" This 5s the right view 
our church." of the matter. If you cannot meet 

Almost every pointed, radical i a doctrine by scripture argument, 
communication or editorial that ap- ! or g ood reasoning, you will gain 
pears in our paper, brings forth ex- \ nothing by threatenings or sweeping 
pressions similar to the above, from j assertions ; they rather confirm its 
some one, and we think it not out of adherents. 

place to inform one and all of our We shall therefore continue to 
readers how they are received by publish such matter as we shall con- 
us. aider edifying or instructive, and 

Iu the first place it becomes us to . shall grant a hearing to a brother 
ascertain what our correspondents ! or patron when we think justice de- 
expect to accomplish by threatening mands it, and the word of God will 
to withdraw their support if we do allow it. We want as many sub- 
so and so, or if we shall not do so. scribers as we can lawfully obtain, 
We confess in all seriousness that and will employ all legal means for 
we can see no other motive than gaining patronage to our paper, but 
that of intimidating us in publishing we will not do more. We do not 
articles to which they object. Do ' select or write articles with l view 
they think there is any argument in ' to gaining subscribers. We tare, i 
such expressions ? It reminds oue i wc hope, a better motive. We will 
of the man who would backup ms agree that with some it may be a 
assertions by offering to bet on them, question whether some of our arti- 
Give us some good reasons why such clcB are either instructive oi edify- 
articles should not appear, refuting » n g» Dut wiln us there is n ° sl »«h 
the errors therein, if any, by sound, doubt. While a question contai 
scriptural arguments, and we shall 


most cordially and thankfully receive 

When you employ a man to work 
for you on the farm or at mechani- 
cal labor, and he does not do his 
w<.rk to please you, you may induce 

with us 
While a 
no instruction iu itself, it ncvcith 
less leads to knowledge thoec who 
endeavor to answer it. Bo it may 
be with those objection*] e- 
they may lead to examination and 
reflection, which may terminate in a 
more perfect knowledge. 

To all whom it in it, > Concern— The ( 
Change iu the Manner of hold- 
ing our Annual Council 

Inasmuch as it has been decided 
by the Annual Meeting of 18$6, 
"that there be no public preaching 
at the place where the Council is 
held," and "that there shall be oo 
boarding tent put up at the place of 
meeting, to entertain and feed a 
mixed multitude as before," but 
"that the Church holding the meet 
ing shall make arrangements to re- 
ceive and entertain all the brethren 
and sisters privately," therefore 

Our Brethren at Pipe Creek, Md. 
the Church in which our next Annu- 
al Meeting is to be held on the 1 lth 
day of June next, think it due, out 
of courtesy toward all concerned, 
that the same be made known as far 
as convenient, and wish us, hereby, 
to request the Elders, in their re- 
spective congregations to publish 
the same, forthwith, at their next 
public meetings for worship ; not on- 
ly to the members, but to all pies- 
eut ; so as to have it understood by 
all vho may feel concerned, that 
there will be no ['Teaching at the 
place of Y. M.. ami that the meeting 
will be held expressly for business. 

The practice of holding public 
preaching on Sunday preceding our 
Annual Council Meetb ng 

Whit Sunday) which was generally 
attended by the entire populace of 
the surrounding country-, and of 
feeding and feasting all who were 
present, is of 80 long *tamling, and 
so well known to all, tl e*W 

arrangements should ; the 

widest publicity, not SO much for 

our own good u for the benefit > % f 
the public. Our brethren weald do 

well to call the attenti >n of their lo- 
cal press to the Ratter through whom 

it may be pro perl J | abashed. 

The change in the manner of 
holding these meetings, so far as 
concerns ^ * 
Stated thus : 

•^- - J i 

4 f 

hS 1. The delegates will assemble 
r} on Tuesd mg instead of Sat- 

urday and Sun<la v as heretofore. 

J. There will therefore Lie no gen 
eral gathering on Sunday, at the 
place of holding tlie business meet- 
ing. And 

8. There will he no preparation 
lor feeding any hut those who are 
in business attendance at the mcct- 

« oiti{Ksr«r>i>K>« K. 


/.' 7,<r II •lin : i> r ; In No. 14 th, 
in tin- pe.-ent V<>1. appeared an ar- 
ticle bj J. S. Lawyer, finding fault 
with the brethren and sisters on 
-nig. That I wish to notice. 
1 have no desire to engage in a 
versy with my dear brother, 
hut I will say, with one of the 
Prophets, come let us reason to- 
r. So I wish to reason a 
little with my dear brother. 

In the first sentence he says, 
"the brethren and sisters put too 
much strew on the wearing of ap- 
parel."' Does that make it so, be- 
so. Well the breth- 
ren an 1 sisters might say that 
3. don't put enough stress 
on wearing of apparel, and gives too 
much latitude. Who is right '( 
How can we decide ? Why by the 
law and testimony. Do we not 
find that we are not to be conformed 
to the world hut transformed by 
the renewing of your minds. If 
our minds are renewed will we love, 
the things we once loved : the lust 
of the eye, the pride of lifi, and the 
lust of the flesh. No ! hut the 
thing' we once hated we will love. 
An 1 neither will we care what the 
world calls odd. For the Apostle 
tell us "bringing i"to captivity every 
thought to the obedience of Christ, 
as obedient children, not fashioning 
yourselves according to the former 
lust in your ignorance. Is it not 
it that a change from fashions 
t forth. The brother says: 
"Why not educate the heart, which 
is desperately wicked and show our 
love for Jc*us in work*." That is 
just what we are aiming at. l'v 
being dead to sin. Bo thai -in does 
ir mortal bodies. 
Well if si . >t reign, in us in 

lustful things, then are we dead to 
<\\\. and alive to Christ. Then we 
will serve him and show our works 
of love in Jesus. 

I think all will admit that we 
have nowhere in the scripture the 
cut of a garment ; but the quality of 
the goods is, not costly array. But 
we are not to follow the fashions of 
the world. Then we must have or- 
der in the church of God. The mil- 
itary men have order, the officers 
know their men by the cut of their 
garment,and the color of the goods. 
Is it then odd for the Brethren to 
have an order or a cut of a garment 
as soldiers of Christ \ will the cut 
of the Brethren's coat was the 
worlds once. The world left it and 
followed after fashions. Must the 
brethren follow now. Yes says the 
brother ; it's so odd. Why is it so 
odd ? simply because it is no longer 
the world's. If ye were of the world 
f ,he world would love its own. The 
world does not love it longer. 

Is this a reason why the brethren 
should change because the world 
changes so often. The brother says 
the Savior was in fashion of the 
world. Adrniting that ; does that 
prove anything. The brethren, too, 
in fashion one* with th© world. 
They were not odd then, till the 
world got other fashions. The 
brother says : And is it not inju- 
rious to the cause of Christ to dress 
odd. It is plain to my mind whence 
this oddness comes, as I have plain- 
ly shown. I must admit that I do 
not understand my brother; he says 
the brethren should dress plainly 
instead of odd or different from 
their neighbors. And again he 
says ; not to change every time the 
Cable brings news from Paris of a 
change in cut. Well is it not evi- 
dent then that we would he odd 
again if we would not dress 
like our neighbors and change 
wen the cable brings us other cuts. 
1 cannot see for my life any other 
way then to follow the fashions of 
the world according to the reason- 
ing of in y brother. The brother 
thinks its owing to this oddnoss that 
so many are kept from coming to 
the brethren and join other church 
es ; but in this he is mistaken. 

That is not the cause, but it is the 

latitude that is given in other church- 
es. Do those other churches afreet 
plainly. Do they not follow all the 
fashions in costly array. Mv broth- 
ers reasoning dont prove that tome. 
1 know its not here that our chil- 
dren go to other churches, but 
many from those churches come to 
the brethren. I gather from the 
brothers remarks that if the breth- 
ren, would not dress so odd, that 
hundreds would flock to the church. 
In this he is mistaken. How comes 
that the brethren have the largest 
churches or number of members 
where plainness of dress exists; can 
my. dear brother solve this question 
in any other way then this: "God 
resists the proud, but gives grace to 
the humble." 

Again the brother speaks of cul- 
tivating the heart. That is just 
what we are aiming at, for if the 
heart is right all will be right. 
"From the abundance of the heart 
the mouth speakcth." So from the 
desire of the heart it will show the 
lust if any in the flesh.' It will 
manifest itself on the out side. The 
out side is the sign of what is in the 
heart. So we see a sign for a tav- 
ern or grog-shop, or millinery shop. 

We go in the house to get what the 
sign calls for. The sign is a harm- 
less thing. The harm, if any, is in 
the house. So it's sometimes said 
there is no harm in the fine dress; 
just so ; but it's in the person. If 
the heart did not desire it, you 
would not show the sign. If there 
was no love for it we would not see 
so much superfluity. So the apos- 
tle tell us the love of money is the 
root of all evil. Money in itself i3 
no evil but the love of it. 

One more. The apostle in suming 
up the works of the flesh that are 
manifest, one item in that large 
catalogue is Emulation. When 
this word is defined it means to 
equal or excel. Now I ask my 
dear brother, if our depravity is not 
to equal or excel. It was in king 
Saul, against David when the peo- 
ple gave more honor to David than 
Saul. Methinks it was in the Apos- 
tles ; they wanted to know of Christ ft 
should he the greatest in the ^ 











lie tells them they must 
c converted. No such ideas must 
dwell in them. He cites to a little 
child. We know little children 
have no desire to equal or excel. 
This dwells in the world. How often 
do we hear "I would just as soon 
be out of the world as out of the 
fashion." Here is the oddncssthe 
world speaks of. Because we are 
not of the world. It is to be feared 
tho spirit of emulation is too much 
among <the brethren. I have more 
fears about that, than to think with 
my dear brother we are too plain 
and odd. DANL. THOMAS. 
Beaver Creek, Va. 


It is the earnest wish of the Church 
here, that the next Annual Meeting 
lend a helping hand by signing a 
petition to be presented to the next 
Congress of the U. S. for relief for 
the purpose of building a meeting- 
house in place of the Brethren s 
meeting-house, which was taken 
and entirely destroyed by the 
the U. S. army, stationed at Fay- 
etteville, in this county. The fact3 
of the case are as follows : At the 
commencement of the war the Breth- 
ren here had a good Meeting-house, 
juBt about finished, size 40 feet 
square. During the war the Union 
forces stationed in this county, tore 
it down and hauled it away to their 
camp for the purpose of building 
winter quarters, and for building 
breastworks, so that it was entirely 
destroyed. The oihecis in command 
promised it should he paid for, but 
so far not one dollar has been paid, 
and there is no law whereby we can 
get the value of the loss but by pe- 
titioning Congress ; and we are en- 
couraged to make the effort in the 
way others have done in like aMM. 
If others succeed in getting pay why 
may not we ? 

We are very much in need of a 
meeting-house here, as we have no 
place suitable at all for Communion 
mooting!, and have not the pecunia- 
ry means to build a meeting bouse. 
At a church meeting of tho Breth. 
ten a few days ago it was unani- 
mously agreed that we ask the aid 
, of our brethren in Annual Council 

to assist in tho petition. We have 
the assurance that men of influence 
in our Government, and cx-ofEeers 
of the army will do much to assist 
us in the matter. It is all important 
we get an endorsement from our A. 
M. to accompany the other papers. 
We hope we shall have it. 

Communicated in behalf of the 

J. S.FLORY, Cor. Sec'y. 

Fayetteville, W. Va. 

Brother Holsinger ; It is now 
about six months since I reported 
to you the success of our church; 
(namely Eagle Creek Church) and 
as we had another series of meetings 
this Spring, which resulted so suc- 
cessfully in the conversion of souls. 
I thought I would send another re- 
port for publication, as it may inter- 
est others who read it. 

Brother P. Axline from Coshoct- 
on Co., was with us two weeks, 
preached in the above named 
church and vicinity. Brother J. 
P. Ebersole from Hancock Co., ai.d 
brother J. Brillhart from Crawford 
Co., were also with us a few days 
during those meetings. On Friday 
April 19th we had a council meet- 
ing at which time we also had a 
choice, and brother E. Bosserman 
was chosen to the word. On Sab- 
bath the 21st two persons were ini- 
tiated into the church by baptism. 
On Friday 25th ten more were ad- 
ded to the chureh, and on Sabbath 
the 2*th «ix more, in all eighteen 
accessions to the church. Out of 
the numbers added all were yet 
young in years, except three who 
were middle aged persons. What 
encouragement to see the young 
flocking to the standard of king 
Emanual. The meetings were well 
attended and good order observed 
and we think that deep impressions 
Were made on many of the ipoott> 
tors. May the good work 01 t lie 
Lord still go on here and elsewhere,